Stefan Klein - On the Edge of Infinity - Octopus

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781788400718
    • Publication date:02 Aug 2018

On the Edge of Infinity

Encounters with the Beauty of the Universe

By Stefan Klein

  • Hardback
  • £12.99

Germany's best-selling science author takes everyday objects and events and weaves them into the sublime fabric of the universe in this highly accessible and beautifully written smart-thinking book.

Germany's best-selling science author takes everyday objects and events and weaves them into the sublime fabric of the universe in this highly accessible and beautifully written smart-thinking book.

From Germany's bestselling popular science author, Stefan Klein

- How a rose blossom can demonstrate that nothing and nobody exists on their own.
- How a hurricane can reveal the world's unpredictability.
- How the exploits of burglars in New York and London can demonstrate how everything can be in two places at once.
- How a DIY accident can prompt debate on whether the void can exist.
- How a greying beard might demonstrate the irreversibility of time.

Award-winning, bestselling German science author Stefan Klein employs stories about simple everyday items or occurrences as analogies to illuminate counterintuitive realities behind the visible world, revealing the astonishing beauty of the universe.

This book transforms a simple everyday thing such as a rose blossom, or a day of stormy weather, into a key to understanding the most complex ideas and theories in 21st century physics. Through clever use of analogy, Klein renders the complexities and intricacies of physics accessible to a reader with no previous knowledge of the subject. In doing so, he demonstrates that scientific progress is as much, if not more, about the unanswered questions, the dark corners, as it is about what we have discovered; our knowledge constitutes merely 'an island in an ocean of ignorance'.

A thought-provoking and original way in to the most intriguing scientific theories and ideas, designed to be accessible to anyone who has ever been curious about the workings of our universe.

Biographical Notes

Stefan Klein studied physics and analytical philosophy in Munich, Grenoble and Freiburg, and conducted research in the field of theoretical biophysics. He turned to writing because he 'wanted to inspire people with a reality that is more exciting than any crime novel'. His book The Science of Happiness (2002) topped all the German bestseller lists. His most recent bestseller, Träume: Eine Reise in unsere innere Wirklichkeit, received the prestigious Deutsche Lesepreis 2016.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781788400602
  • Publication date: 02 Aug 2018
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Cassell
Ilex Press

64 Geeks

Chas Newkey-Burden
Authors:
Chas Newkey-Burden
Cassell

Best of Today

BBC Radio 4
Authors:
BBC Radio 4
Ilex Press

Moon

Alexandra Loske, Robert Massey
Authors:
Alexandra Loske, Robert Massey

A source of light in the dark of night and our ever-changing cosmic companion, the Moon has fascinated humankind since we first gazed into the sky. In this extensively illustrated and illuminating volume, art historian Alexandra Loske and astronomer Robert Massey present a rich and curious history. From its violent birth through to the exhilarating story of the Space Race and current exploration efforts, discover the many faces of the Moon and how they have shaped humanity's existence.

Cassell

Primate Change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Authors:
Vybarr Cregan-Reid

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE YOU, THINK AGAIN.PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of the world we inhabit, the ways of living that we have been building have, as if under the cover of darkness, been transforming our bodies and altering the expression of our DNA, too.PRIMATE CHANGE beautifully unscrambles the complex architecture of our modern human bodies, built over millions of years and only starting to give up on us now.'Our bodies are in a shock. Modern living is as bracing to the human body as jumping through a hole in the ice. Our bodies do not know what century they were born into and they are defending and deforming themselves in response'(p) 2018 Octopus Publishing Group

Philip's

Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North)

Philip's

Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack

Wil Tirion
Contributors:
Wil Tirion
Philip's

Philip's Moon Map 2018

Dr John Murray
Contributors:
Dr John Murray

· The essential map for all Moonwatchers· Superbly detailed map of the Moon's visible surface· 500 Moon features located, with index· Craters, seas, mountains, peaks and valleys· Landing sites of manned and unmanned spacecraft located· Helpful text aids moonwatching· Plus map of the far side of the Moon· Maps drawn by lunar expert Dr. John Murray

Philip's

Philip's Star Chart

Mitchell Beazley

The Almanac

Lia Leendertz
Authors:
Lia Leendertz

THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019 reinvents the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. It gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour, folklore and stories, seasonal recipes and charts tracking moon phases and tides. Why not try identifying trees by their bare buds in January; Enjoy a broad bean, pea shoot & pecorino salad in June; Discover the story of gourmet garlics and how to plant them in October.You will find yourself referring to the almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close.Praise for The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018:'The perfect companion to the seasons' - India Knight'A richly layered book of events, celebrations and everyday information that together create a beautiful, fascinating resource . . . In the single month I've had my hands on it, the book has quietly "worked".' - Telegraph'Beautifully written, this pocket-sized guide is a labour of love and will remind you to appreciate little moments throughout the year.' - Gardens Illustrated'Elegant . . . an ideal stocking filler.' - The English Garden

Cassell

Cracking the Elements

Rebecca Mileham
Authors:
Rebecca Mileham

From the earliest-known elements to those named in 2016, this book takes a comprehensive look at the development of the periodic table - and reveals untold stories, unsung pioneers and plenty of fascinating science along the way. In twelve illustrated chapters, the book makes sense of the patterns and groups within the periodic table, introducing each of the 118 known elements individually and exploring questions including:- Why did the history of fizzy water give early chemistry a sparkle?- How did hydrogen reveal the structure of the atom?- What was the Bunsen burner's role in discovering new elements?- Which of the alkaline earth metals accounts for a kilogramme of your weight?- Why is Marie Curie such a scientific star?- How do tungsten and vanadium explain the secret of super-sharp Syrian swords?- Who discovered the most elements in the periodic table?- What made nihonium, element 113, such a wonderful new year's gift for Japan?- Is glass a liquid or a solid?- How did nitrogen fulfill the alchemists' dream?- Would you have smeared antimony on your face if you'd lived in ancient Egypt?- Why might naked mole rats have clues for surviving a heart attack?- How did the Haya people of Tanzania make steel 1500 years ago?- What makes xenon a great anaesthetic - and why can't all patients use it?- Might there be a pattern in yet undiscovered elements beyond number 118?

Cassell

The Physics Behind...

Russ Swan
Authors:
Russ Swan

Can you really lose weight by consuming nothing but ice cream and beer? How does the latest blockbuster movie get squeezed onto a disk, and how do they make the pictures seem 3D? How much does a selfie weigh? What's the science behind forensic investigations, body scans, and the dating of ancient artefacts?The Physics Behind... takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the scientific principles that that make the modern world work. Could there be life on Mars? Why is north really south? How do self-driving cars find their way around? These and many more topics are explored by starting with the basic science that makes them tick - examining the physics behind them. Packed with detailed original artwork and infographics, The Physics Behind... is perfect for anyone who has ever been curious about the science of life.Including:- The physics behind modern life: Wi-Fi, Facial recognition, touchscreens, microwave ovens, the ice cream and beer diet, taking a selfie, Flash memory, a bag of sugar, catching the train, calendars and clocks- The physics behind entertainment: optical discs, lasers, white water, executive toys, the electric guitar, music, 3D movies- The physics behind analysis: medical imaging, looking at little things, spectroscopy, crime scene investigation, tricorder, microfluidics, radiocarbon dating, proving the Earth is round- The physics behind space: rocket science, space weather, Planet Nine, space telescopes, is there anybody out there? life on Earth, life on Mars- The physics behind big science: what's the matter?, time travel, bomb or meltdown?, the Large Hadron Collider, the Human Genome Project, the Standard Model, gravity, everything- The physics behind the weird universe: strings, rings and other things, N-dimensional space, the hypercube, antimatter, the dark universe, quantum weirdness, quantum biology, time crystals and Majorana- The physics behind the environment: weather forecasts, climate change, renewable energy, migration, peacock feathers, sunburn, rainbows, spider silk- The physics behind transportation: autonomous autos, Hyperloop, Maglev, satellite navigation, motor sport, going rreeaallllyy fast, stealth- The physics behind everything else: curve balls, the Mpemba Effect, why north is really south, perpetual motion and the heat death of the universe, and the physics behind this book.

Cassell

Do Robots Make Love?

Laurent Alexandre, Jean-Michel Besnier
Authors:
Laurent Alexandre, Jean-Michel Besnier

Should we enhance the human condition with technology?Does anyone really want to live for a thousand years?Could AI end up destroying mankind?Discover the incredible potential of mankind's near future as a Doctor and a Philosopher debate the big questions surrounding the incredible potential of transhumanism. This movement - that seeks to improve the human condition through science - has fast become one of the most controversial the scientific community have ever faced. As scientists in California make great strides in using advanced technology to enhance human intellect and physiology, the ethical and moral questions surrounding its possibilities have never been more pressing. Should we change the way we reproduce? Could we enhance the human body with technology to the point where we are all technically cyborgs? Is it possible to make love to a robot?Doctor and entrepreneur Laurent Alexandre and tech-philosopher Jean Michel Besnier go head to head on the big questions in an entertaining and thought-provoking debate on the fundamental principles of transhumanism.

Cassell

Science Hacks

Colin Barras
Authors:
Colin Barras
Cassell

Forgotten Women: The Scientists

Zing Tsjeng
Authors:
Zing Tsjeng

'To say this series is "empowering" doesn't do it justice. Buy a copy for your daughters, sisters, mums, aunts and nieces - just make sure you buy a copy for your sons, brothers, dads, uncles and nephews, too.' - indy100'Here's to no more forgotten women.' Evening StandardThe women who shaped and were erased from our history.The Forgotten Women series will uncover the lost histories of the influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. The Scientists celebrates 48* unsung scientific heroines whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world. Mary Anning, the amateur paleontologist whose fossil findings changed scientific thinking about prehistoric life Emmy Noether, dubbed "The Mighty Mathematician You've Never Heard Of"Ynés Mexía, the Mexican-American botanist who discovered over 500 new plant species Wangari Maathai, who started an environmental and ecological revolution in KenyaMargaret Sanger, the maverick nurse who paved the way for the legalization of contraceptionChapters including Earth & Universe; Biology & Natural Sciences; Medicine & Psychology; Physics & Chemistry; Mathematics and Technology & Inventions profile the female scientists who have defied the odds, and the opposition, to change the world around us.*The number of Nobel-prize-winning women.

Kyle Books

The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Abigail Booth
Authors:
Abigail Booth
Cassell

The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation

Laura Lee
Authors:
Laura Lee

Aaarghgghhh!!@#%&*!!! Every time your mobile phone rings, it's an automated PPI call... You've forgotten one of your million different internet passwords... Once again, you're stuck in the slowest lane at the supermarket...This book investigates 97 day-ruining events, slap-in-the-face moments and everyday aggravations, and explains why these things irritate us quite so much. Let's face it, the world is becoming an increasingly annoying place to live - and THE POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AGGRAVATION has the evidence to prove it. It has been scientifically proven that when we understand the science behind our daily grievances, our problems become less frustrating and easier to manage. This fact-filled book will help reduce the stress of your daily grind. Designed with enlightening diagrams and witty drawings, THE POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AGGRAVATION finally answers the question, why is that so f*cking annoying?

Ilex Press

Draw ANYTHING with Felt-Tip Pens & Markers

Holly Wales
Authors:
Holly Wales

Discover your drawing and creative skills with this fun-packed book, designed to take your pack of pens further.There is more fun to be had with felt-tips than colouring. With her trademark vibrant and energetic style, felt-tip illustrator Holly Wales shakes up your humble pack of pens and gives you the best tips on the tips.Learn how to draw, decorate, doodle and embellish using every colour and permutation of the pen. More fun, more inky and more vibrant than pencils and pastels, Draw ANYTHING with Felt-Tip Pens & Markers is the perfect way to discover your creative talents.

Kyle Books

Vintage Home

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore
Philip's

Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North) 2012

Invaluable for both beginners and advanced observers, Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North) is a practical hour-by-hour tracker of the stars and constellations, designed for use anywhere in Britain and Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada. Turn the oval panel to the required date and time to reveal the whole sky visible from your location.The map, by the well-known celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, shows stars down to magnitude 5, plus several deep-sky objects, such as the Pleiades, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Orion Nebula (M42). Because the planets move round the Sun, their positions in the sky are constantly changing and they cannot be marked permanently on the map; however, the back of the planisphere has tables giving the positions of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn for every month until 2020.The planisphere is supplied in a full-colour wallet that contains illustrated step-by-step instructions for how to use the planisphere, how to locate planets, and how to work out the time of sunrise or sunset for any day of the year. It explains all the details that can be seen on the map - the magnitudes of stars, the ecliptic and the celestial coordinates. In addition, the section 'Exploring the skies, season by season' introduces the novice astronomer to the principal celestial objects visible at different times of the year. Major constellations are used as signposts to navigate the night sky, locating hard-to-find stars and some fascinating deep-sky objects. The movement of the stars is also explained.

Philip's

Philip's Guide to the Northern Constellations

A beginner's guide to the major stars and constellations visible with the naked eye in the northern hemisphere. This brief introduction to stargazing will help the novice to get his or her bearings in the night sky. Using easy-to-find stars, all of which are visible without any specialized equipment, the author introduces the beginner to each season's major constellations. Simple 'signpost' star maps guide the reader around the sky.The book has been written in non-technical language by Robin Scagell, a keen popularizer of astronomy, and is suitable for newcomers to astronomy of all ages. In addition to the star maps and seasonal guides, it includes interesting facts about our Solar System, comets, meteors and the Universe. A colourful and entertaining book, Philip's Guide to Northern Constellations is an excellent introduction to stargazing.Main map scale: