Physics Books

Brief answers to the big questions
Stephen Hawking

Throughout his exceptional career and professional career, Stephen Hawking has expanded our knowledge of the universe and clarified some of his greatest mysteries. And although his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time, and multiple histories led his mind to the farthest reaches of the universe, Hawking was always convinced that he could use science to cope with problems on our planet. At a time when we are facing potentially catastrophic changes on Earth – from climate change to declining natural resources to the threat of artificial super intelligence – Stephen Hawking has turned his attention to the most pressing issues of humanity. Brief Answers to Big Questions, Stephen Hawking’s latest book is an intellectually stimulating, passionately argued personal view of science of the challenges we face as humanity and where we are heading as a planet.


A brief history of time
Stephen Hawking

What is the nature of space and time? Where did the universe come from and where is it headed? Could God have contributed to its creation? Is it possible to travel through time? What will happen to the astronaut in the black hole? The British mathematician and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking tries to answer such questions as clearly as possible.


Black Holes
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is famous for his constant effort to bring the unreasonably complex issues of contemporary physics to the widest lay audience. Part of this goal is this year’s radio lecture on black works, the most wonderful objects of the known universe. It is a topic that is to focus on its professional and popular work repeatedly, and for this occasion it simplifies its interpretation as much as possible so that it can be anticipated in a specified time, clearly and concisely.


The Nature of Space and TIme
Stephen Hawking

Hawking’s and Penrose’s cycle lecture is intended more for quarters who are interested in physics in depth. It provides them with a thorough encounter with the material that Stephen Hawking presents in his popularization books, which summarizes the title of the book. Both scientists study the origin and development of the universe and the body in it, as well as the essence of time, which is inextricably linked through space.


The Future of Humanity
Michio Kaku

The No.1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind brings us a stunning new vision of our future in space. Human civilization is on the verge of living beyond Earth. But how will it happen? World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku takes us on a journey to the future, introducing the mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology that will one day enable us to make our homes among the stars.


A Brifer History of Time
Stephen Hawking

We live in a special and beautiful world. It must be endowed with an extraordinary imagination in order to appreciate the astonishing age of the universe, its size, turbulence and even beauty. The position assigned to us humans is quite insignificant. We must do our best to give some meaning to all that we are surrounded by and to understand our role and the purpose of our being.

The undeniable success of Hawking’s first Brief History of Time shows how widespread the interest in the questions the author asks is: Where do we come from? Why is the universe as it is? It was not easy for many readers to understand some of the passages in the original version of the book. In a new edition, now written in collaboration with the theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow, the authors aim primarily to facilitate the understanding of the content, but have also added a number of new insights that have emerged in physics and cosmology over the last decade.


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli

Everything you need to know about modern physics, the universe and our place in the world in seven enlightening lessons ‘Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world. And it’s breathtaking’ These seven short lessons guide us, with simplicity and clarity, through the scientific revolution that shook physics in the twentieth century and still continues to shake us today. In this mind-bending introduction to modern physics, Carlo Rovelli explains Einstein’s theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, elementary particles, gravity, and the nature of the mind. Not since Richard Feynman’s celebrated Six Easy Pieces has physics been so vividly, intelligently and entertainingly revealed.


Parallel Worlds
Michio Kaku

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.


Reality is not What is seems
Carlo Rovelli.

Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. In this mind-expanding book, he shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout centuries, from Democritus to loop quantum gravity. Taking us on a wondrous journey, he invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, spacetime is made up of grains, and infinity does not exist — a vast universe still largely undiscovered.


Black Holes & Warps
Kip S. Thorne

Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time ceases to exist and space becomes a kind of foam; gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago; and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in time.

Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know the things they think they know? Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best-sellers in publishing history.

Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human component. Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson

The #1 New York Times Bestseller: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.


Feynman Lectures on Physics: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat
Richard Phillips Feynman

The whole thing was basically an experiment, Richard Feynman, looking back on the origins of these lectures, said late in his career. It turned out to be a hugely successful one, spawning books that have remained a definitive introduction to all physics for decades. And now, ‘Basic Books’ is proud to publish the complete, error-free, and authorised collection of the late Richard P. Feynman’s lectures. As a fundamental aspect of our knowledge of the physical world, quantum mechanics remains a vital subject in physics. Feynman begins with the ideas of amplitudes and the abstract notion of a state in Volume I, before moving on to the study of two-state systems in Volume II.

The novel approach in Volume III rounds out and builds upon the material developed in the earlier lectures, while remaining independent of the first two. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading and listening, not just for students of physics, but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Richard Feynman.


Feynman Lectures on Physics: Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter
Richard Phillips Feynman

The whole thing was basically an experiment, Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning publications that have remained definitive and introductory to physics for decades. Ranging from the basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman’s lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Feynman.


Feynman Lectures on Physics: Quantum Mechanics
Richard Phillips Feynman

The whole thing was basically an experiment, Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning publications that have remained definitive and introductory to physics for decades. Ranging from the basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman’s lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Timeless and collectible, the lectures are essential reading, not just for students of physics but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Feynman.


The Order of Time
Carlo Rovelli

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery. Enlightening and consoling, The Order of Time shows that to understand ourselves we need to reflect on time – and to understand time we need to reflect on ourselves.


QED
Richard Phillips Feynman

Quantum electrodynamics – or QED for short – is the ‘strange theory’ that explains how light and electrons interact. Thanks to Richard Feynman, it is also one of the rare parts of physics that is known for sure. In this lucid set of lectures, Feynman provides the definitive introduction to QED.


Letters from an Astrophysicist
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is arguably the most influential, acclaimed scientist on the planet. As director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of Cosmos and StarTalk, he has dedicated his life to exploring and explaining the mysteries of the universe. Every year, he receives thousands of letters – from students to prisoners, scientists to priests. Some seek advice, others yearn for inspiration; some are full of despair, others burst with wonder. But they are all searching for understanding, meaning and truth. His replies are by turns wise, funny, and mind-blowing. In this, his most personal book by far, he covers everything from God to the history of science, from aliens to death. He bares his soul – his passions, his doubts, his hopes. The big theme is everywhere in these pages: what is our place in the universe? The result is an awe-inspiring read and an intimate portal into an incredible mind, which reveals the power of the universe to start conversations and inspire curiosity in all of us.


The Quantum Universe
Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

From the bestselling authors of Why does E=mc2? comes The Quantum Universe, in which Brian Cox, presenter of the BBC’s Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, and Jeff Forshaw go on a brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. But just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand our amazing world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is good? Here, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw give us the real science behind the bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe, and reveal exactly how everything that can happen, does happen.


The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent ‘grand design’ of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In “The Grand Design”, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multi verse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory – all are revealed here. This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world’s greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, “The Grand Design” is a book that will inform – and provoke – like no other.


Hyperspace
Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku performed another adventure on hyperspace. It acquaints the lay reader with theories of superstrings and introduces him to the issues of higher dimensions in an entertaining and understandable way. He is ready to pioneer new directions in his field. In addition to numerous textbooks and scientific publications, he is the author of the popular science books Visions, Einstein’s Universe and Parallel Worlds.


10 Short Lessons in Space Travel
Paul Parsons

As a new age of space exploration dawns, Ten Short Lessons in Space Travel takes a timely look at the ten fundamental lessons in the discoveries and explorations of outer space.

From the amazing technology that has enabled us to look beyond the clouds to the development of rockets and spacecraft during the twentieth century that allowed us to explore the moon and beyond to the space tourism of the twenty-first century, this is a cutting-edge, expert-led guide for curious minds.

About the series: The Pocket Einstein series is a collection of essential pocket-sized guides for anyone looking to understand a little more about some of the most relevant science that affects us all in the twenty-first century. Broken down into ten simple lessons and written by leading experts in their field, discover the ten most important takeaways from those areas of science we should all know more about.


The Universe in a nutshell
Stephen Hawking

The author of the successful bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has been at the forefront of the London Sunday Times bestseller list for four years, S. Hawking follows this book with his book The Universe in a Nutshell.
The universe in a nutshell is a basic read for anyone who wants to understand the universe in which they live. Like his twin, The Brief History of Time, he introduces us to the excitement of the scientific community in uncovering the mysteries of the cosmos.


Breakfast with Einstein: The exotic physics of everyday objects
Chad Orzel

Without quantum physics, neither your breakfast nor many other things would be possible.
The author of the world’s bestsellers, Chad Orzel, will explain why.
Stunning physics is not just about millions of experiments or extreme astrophysics, such as black holes.
In fact, it’s all around you. Just below the surface of normal everyday life.
The common morning routine uses one of the most standard phenomena ever discovered. Did you know that the secret of quantum mechanics is still hidden in an ordinary alarm clock? Or the fact that classical physics can’t explain why you have a warm toaster glowing orange?
In Breakfast with Einstein, the author shows you the spells that you will find in even the simplest activities.
Quantum physics is one of the greatest achievements of human civilization and you can see it anywhere. Just know where to look.


50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Universe
Joanne Baker

Joanne Baker unravels the complexities of the universe for a general readership. From heliocentrism to dark matter, and from Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and orbits to Olber’s paradox and the Shapley-Curtis debate, she explains ideas at the cutting-edge of scientific enquiry.


The Unknown Universe: What We Don’t Know About Time and Space in Ten Chapters
Stuart Clark

A current handbook on the universe and how our latest discoveries about deep space force us to rethink what we actually know about it and what we don’t. On 21 March 2013, the European Space Agency published a component of the residual radiation after the Big Bang. The image looks into depths 440 billion kilometers away and 13.8 billion years old, and can hardly be discarded better. We will never see the universe in detail. It is an excellent result of modern cosmology, but it threatens to test almost everything we thought we were about the universe. The book The Unknown Universe addresses questions that must be answered if we are to truly understand the world in which we live. Will it be necessary to change Newton’s famous laws of attraction? Are dark matter and dark energy just our appearance? Can we ever find out what happened before the big bang? What is at the bottom of black works? Are there universes other than our universe? Is there time? And don’t the once constant laws of physics change before our eyes?


Planets
Andrew Cohen & Brian Cox

The unique world of the eight majestic planets of our solar system.
Mercury, the inanimate victim of several more intense powers of the Sun. Venus, once thought to be habitable and fertile, but today we know that it is trapped in a glowing toxic atmosphere, Mars, a red planet, doomed to the loss of its own atmosphere. Jupiter, twice the size of other planets, Saturn, stunning celestial beauty, the jewel of our solar system, Uranus, a planet turned sideways, the first ice field. Neptune, dark, cold, whipped
winds blowing at supersonic speeds, and finally Pluto, a dwarf planet, a frozen rock.

They are the siblings of our Earth. Each of them was born in storms and fire, but one planet after another gradually fell into a cold state without life. Research on each one provides new information about the early life of our solar system and its inevitable future.

The more we learn about our space neighbors, the more incredible and rare our blue ball connects. Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox take readers on a journey of discovery – from the glowing heart of the solar system to its magnification, they have not explored the outer realm. Introduce us to the latest knowledge that expands our knowledge of the planet, its moons and their origin, supplemented by unique photographs from NASA. The solar system will show us in such an amazing world we have never seen it before.


The hidden reality
Brian Greene

Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmosexplores our most current scientific understanding of the universe, the ‘string theory’ that might hold the key to unifying nature’s laws, and our continuing quest to know more.

There was a time when ‘universe’ meant all there is. Everything. Yet, as physicist Brian Greene’s extraordinary book shows, ours may be just one universe among many, like endless reflections in a mirror. He takes us on a captivating exploration of parallel worlds – from a multiverse where an infinite number of your doppelgangers are reading this sentence, to vast oceans of bubble universes and even multiverses made of mathematics – showing just how much of reality’s true nature may be hidden within them.


Cosmos Possible Worlds
Ann Druyan

With lucid prose that recalls the best-selling and beloved Cosmos, Ann Druyan takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the vast and unexplored realms of Earth and space, past and future, fact and imagination. Written and published in coordination with the sensational international television debut of a second season of National Geographic’s Cosmos,Cosmos Possible Worlds travels through more than 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and into an astonishing future where probes travel by light beams to distant stars, helping us solve enduring mysteries of our origins and dream of an unimaginable time ahead. Along the way, we meet the colorful characters who push beyond the boundaries of knowledge – both the little-known but monumental visionaries of the past and the scientists whose work is shaping our future.Color photographs, art, and diagrams based on graphics created for the television series – plus a foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson, best-selling author, wildly popular science commentator, and host of Cosmos on the National Geographic Channel – complete this highly anticipated package.


Death by Black Hole
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Loyal readers of the monthly “Universe” essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson’s favorite essays, ? Death by Black Hole? explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry’s feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America’s best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.


Until the End of Time
Brian Greene

From the world-renowned physicist and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, a captivating exploration of deep time and humanity’s search for purpose. In both time and space, the cosmos is astoundingly vast, and yet is governed by simple, elegant, universal mathematical laws. On this cosmic timeline, our human era is spectacular but fleeting. Someday, we know, we will all die. And, we know, so too will the universe itself.

Until the End of Time is Brian Greene’s breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe’s beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in story, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the timeless, or eternal. Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality-from the quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes-Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed.

Yet all this understanding, which arose with the emergence of life, will dissolve with its conclusion. Which leaves us with one realization: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning.


Secrets of the Universe
Paul Murdin

How did our universe come to exist? Why do stars shine? Is there life beyond the Earth? For millennia, humans have looked to the celestial sphere to explain the cosmos, first recording the movements of the Moon 25,000 years ago. Since the Enlightenmentand the dawn of the space age, scientists have been unravelling cosmic mysteries, andraising astonishing new questions for future generations to answer. Today we live inan age of unprecedented astronomical revelation, from the discovery of water on Marsto the detection of gravitational waves and the first photograph of a black hole.

World-renowned astronomer Paul Murdin explains the science behind these discoveries, along with the passions, strugglesand quirks of fate that made them some of the most intriguing dramas of their times,demonstrating how human ingenuity and technological innovation have expandedour knowledge of the Universe beyond anything our ancestors – even as recently asa generation ago – could ever have imagined.


Cosmos
Stuart Lowe & Chris North

Life. The Universe. Everything. The human race has always revealed an insatiable hunger to search “to infinity and beyond”. In this truly mind-blowing book, partners in science Stuart Lowe and Chris North use cutting edge infographics to illuminate – in a new and unique way – the most amazing places and objects that modern science has laid bare. Featuring innovative, inspirational and original designs by leading authors in their field, Cosmos: The Infographic Book of Space delves into a truly international subject and will appeal to stargazers and space enthusiasts of all ages.


Nuclear Physics of Stars
Christian Iliadis

Most elements are synthesized, or cooked, by thermonuclear reactions in stars. The newly formed elements are released into the interstellar medium during a star?s lifetime, and are subsequently incorporated into a new generation of stars, into the planets that form around the stars, and into the life forms that originate on the planets.

Moreover, the energy we depend on for life originates from nuclear reactions that occur at the center of the Sun. Synthesis of the elements and nuclear energy production in stars are the topics of nuclear astrophysics, which is the subject of this book. It presents nuclear structure and reactions, thermonuclear reaction rates, experimental nuclear methods, and nucleosynthesis in detail.

These topics are discussed in a coherent way, enabling the reader to grasp their interconnections intuitively. The book serves both as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, with worked examples and end-of-chapter excercises, but also as a reference book for use by researchers working in the field of nuclear astrophysics.


Space
Becky Smethurst

This book is for anyone who wants to easily understand the mind-blowing fundamentals of our extraordinary, expanding universe.

Written by Oxford astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst and composed of ten captivating, simple essays, it guides you swiftly through the galaxies, explaining the mysteries of black holes, dark matter and what existed before the Big Bang, presenting the evidence as to whether we really are alone, illuminating what we still don’t know, and much more besides. If you have big questions about Space, this book will provide you with the answers in an engaging and succinct way.


The Physics Book
Clifford A. Pickover

Following the hugely successful The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell’s demon, the book’s timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of “quantum resurrection.”

Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details.


The Particle at the End of the Universe
Sean Carroll

It was the universe’s most elusive particle, the linchpin for everything scientists dreamed up to explain how physics works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider don’t happen without conniving, incredible risks, and occasional skulduggery. Sean Carroll reveals the insight, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs search, and explores why this particle holds the potential to change the world – much as the electron ushered in the age of nuclear energy and quantum computing.

While the first sighting of the infamously named “God particle” essentially solves the riddle of why matter has mass, it also opens a door into the mind-boggling domain of dark matter and other phenomena we never predicted. Told with unparalleled ambition, authority, and access to the competing research teams, this is the definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the landmark discovery of the Higgs boson.


Solar System Evolution
Stuart Ross Taylor

This completely rewritten new edition begins with an historical perspective of the place of the solar system in the universe. Evidence from meteorites is used to describe how the planets were formed and the giant planets are considered in the light of the discovery of new extrasolar giants. Other chapters discuss satellites, comets, centaurs, asteroids and why Pluto is not a planet.

Explanations on why Earth and Venus turned out so differently, and how Mars and Mercury are the survivors of many similar bodies, are also discussed. The formation of the Moon in a giant impact leads to an assessment of the importance of collisions and impacts in the solar system.

It is concluded that our solar system is the end product of many accidental and chance events. This leads to the philosophical discussion of whether planets like our Earth are likely to be found elsewhere in the universe.


The End of Everything
Katie Mack

We know the universe had a beginning. With the Big Bang, it went from a state of unimaginable density to an all-encompassing cosmic fireball to a simmering fluid of matter and energy, laying down the seeds for everything from dark matter to black holes to one rocky planet orbiting a star near the edge of a spiral galaxy that happened to develop life.

But what happens at the end of the story? In billions of years, humanity could still exist in some unrecognizable form, venturing out to distant space, finding new homes and building new civilizations. But the death of the universe is final. What might such a cataclysm look like? And what does it mean for us?

Dr. Katie Mack has been contemplating these questions since she was eighteen, when her astronomy professor first informed her the universe could end at any moment, setting her on the path toward theoretical astrophysics. Now, with lively wit and humor, she unpacks them in The End of Everything, taking us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos’ possible finales: the Big Crunch; the Heat Death; Vacuum Decay; the Big Rip; and the Bounce.

In the tradition of Neil DeGrasse’s bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Mack guides us through major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory, and much more, in a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of everything we know.


Calculating the Cosmos
Professor Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart’s up-to-the-minute guide to the cosmos moves from the formation of the Earth and its Moon to the planets and asteroids of the solar system and from there out into the galaxy and the universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it will end. He considers parallel universes, what forms extra-terrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of Earth being hit by an asteroid.
Mathematics, Professor Stewart shows, has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians.

He describes how Kepler’s work on planetary orbits led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity, and how two centuries later irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In crystal-clear terms he explains the fundamentals of gravity, spacetime, relativity and quantum theory, and shows how they all relate to each other. Eighty years ago the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the Big Bang theory of its origins.

This in turn led cosmologists to posit features such as dark matter and dark energy. But does dark matter exist? Could another scientific revolution be on the way to challenge current scientific orthodoxy? These are among the questions Ian Stewart raises in his quest through the realms of astronomy and cosmology.

The God Equation
Michio Kaku

This is the story of a quest: to find a Theory of Everything. Einstein dedicated his life to seeking this elusive Holy Grail, a single, revolutionary ‘god equation’ which would tie all the forces in the universe together, yet never found it. Some of the greatest minds in physics took up the search, from Stephen Hawking to Brian Greene. None have yet succeeded.

In The God Equation, renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku takes the reader on a mind-bending ride through the twists and turns of this epic journey: a mystery that has fascinated him for most of his life. He guides us through the key debates in modern physics, from Newton’s law of gravity via relativity and quantum mechanics to the latest developments in string theory. It is a tale of dazzling breakthroughs and crushing dead ends, illuminated by Kaku’s clarity, storytelling flair and infectious enthusiasm.

The object of the quest is now within sight: we are closer than ever to achieving the most ambitious undertaking in the history of science. If successful, the Theory of Everything could simultaneously unlock the deepest mysteries of space and time, and fulfil that most ancient and basic of human desires – to understand the meaning of our lives.

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