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 the award-winning, bestselling German science author Stefan Klein

An original way into the most thought-provoking scientific theories and ideas, On The Edge of Infinity is the perfect read for those curious about the workings of the universe.

*

How can a hurricane can reveal the world's unpredictability?

How can a greying beard might demonstrate the irreversibility of time?

How do the exploits of burglars in New York and London demonstrate how everything can be in two places at once?


Employing stories about simple everyday items or occurrences as analogies to illuminate counterintuitive realities behind the visible world, On The Edge of Infinity reveals 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.

Stefan Klein unpicks the complexities and intricacies of physics, from the answered questions to the dark corners of what we have yet to discover, making this an accessible read to those with no previous knowledge of the subject.

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

Star Wars Icons: Han Solo

Gina McIntyre
Authors:
Gina McIntyre

Smuggler. Rogue. Hero of the Rebellion. Scruffy-looking nerf herder. Han Solo has been called all these things and more since making his debut in the original Star Wars film back in 1977. Four decades later, the irrepressible Solo continues to be one of the most iconic and enduring elements of the saga. Star Wars Icons: Han Solo covers the character's entire journey, from his genesis in George Lucas's first drafts of Star Wars to Harrison Ford's iconic performances in the original three films and The Force Awakens, and the character's rebirth in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The book also takes an in-depth look at Solo's role in the Star Wars universe, through novels, comics, video games, and more, and the indelible impression the character has made on pop culture. Illustrated with a treasure trove of rare and previously unseen imagery, including candid on-set photography and stunning concept art, this deluxe volume also features exclusive new interviews with Harrison Ford, Alden Ehrenreich, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Ron Howard, J. J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Kasdan, and many more key creatives. Comprehensive and revelatory, this is the definitive book for Han Solo fans across the galaxy.

Cassell

Uncovered

Ian Birch
Authors:
Ian Birch

Uncovered is an oral history of the stories behind the most ground-breaking and controversial magazine covers ever published, as told by the people who created them. Compiled by industry veteran Ian Birch, Uncovered gathers together the insights of the magazine world's most important figures, including high-profile editors, creative directors, photographers, artists and cover stars. Featuring compelling and shocking covers from Vogue, Life, Esquire, The New Yorker, i-D, The Face, Private Eye, Time, Rolling Stone and many more, covering issues as varied as the civil rights movement and Vietnam war to the Trump presidency and Brexit debate, this is a unique social document celebrating and chronicling the art of magazine design.

Ilex Press

64 Geeks

Chas Newkey-Burden
Authors:
Chas Newkey-Burden
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.

Philip's

Philip's Astronomy Starter Pack

Wil Tirion
Contributors:
Wil Tirion
Cassell

Primate Change

Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Authors:
Vybarr Cregan-Reid

'A work of remarkable scope' - GuardianFT Best science books of 2018Primate Change has been adapted into a radio series for the BBC WORLD SERVICE.*This is the road from climate change to primate change.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.'

Ilex Press

Star Wars Felties

Aimee Ray
Authors:
Aimee Ray
Philip's

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

· A really useful bit of kit...a map of the night sky for any time of the year' Mark Thompson, TV Astronomer on BBC Stargazing Live· The fun and practical way to discover the stars and constellations· The Planisphere you can use outside without a torch. Just put it under a lamp indoors and it lights up in the dark· Dial up today's time and date - and the oval disc reveals the night sky for every night of the year· All the stars and constellations down to magnitude 5 (visible with the naked eye)· Planet Tracker for the major visible planets· Full instructions and hints on exploring the skies by season· Suitable for UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, Canada and Northern USA (51.5N plus or minus 10 degrees)

Philip's

Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North)

· A really useful bit of kit...a map of the night sky for any time of the year' Mark Thompson, TV Astronomer on BBC Stargazing Live· Just turn the disc and 'dial up' tonight's night sky· Accurate sky map for every hour of every night 24/7/365· Simple and fun to use for beginners - and an essential tool for experienced astronomers· All the stars and constellations down to magnitude 5 (visible with the naked eye)· Planet Tracker for the major visible planets· Full instructions and hints on exploring the skies by season· Suitable for UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, Canada and Northern USA (51.5N plus or minus 10 degrees)

Philip's

Philip's Star Chart

Mitchell Beazley

The Almanac

Lia Leendertz
Authors:
Lia Leendertz
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?

Hamlyn

Top 10 of Everything 2019

Paul Terry
Authors:
Paul Terry

Ever wanted to know the size of the biggest shark?Ever thought where in the world the tallest rollercoaster is? Or wondered astronaut has spent the most time in space?If so, this is the book for you!Top 10 of Everything 2019 is divided into genres including Animal Kingdom, Sport, Forces of Nature, Video Games and Mechanical Creations, and includes lists, charts and tables to break down the details of each amazing fact.Packed full of photographs, charts, graphs and incredible information, this is the perfect book for anyone with a curious mind and an insatiable appetite for facts, stats and trivia.Loved by kids and adults alike, it's the perfect stocking filler for this Christmas!

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.

Ilex Press

The Complete Guide to VR & 360 Photography

Jonathan Tustain
Authors:
Jonathan Tustain

The Complete Guide to VR will help you get to grips with this exciting new technology from first principles, so you know what's out there, and what you want.Discover all there is to know about home VR systems, whether they're computer-based, or work using your mobile phone. This book will introduce you to a whole spectrum of VR possibilities including VR games, creating your own VR films and exploring the world using it.

Cassell

Do Robots Make Love?

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

Cassell

1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think

Robert Arp
Authors:
Robert Arp
Cassell

1001: Days That Shaped Our World

Peter Furtado
Authors:
Peter Furtado

This remarkable book presents enthralling accounts of 1001 life-changing events that have taken place around the world since the Big Bang. From the foundation of Rome on 21 April 753bce to the execution of Saddam Hussein on 30 December 2006, and from the Battle of Marathon on 21 September 490 bce to the accord in Northern Ireland in 2007, 1001 Days That Shaped Our World tells the history of the world through extraordinary moments, decisive encounters, memorable incidents, and natural disasters. Compiled by historian, Peter Furtado, and written by an international team of historians, journalists, and scientists, the book features a detailed and informative account of every event, together with an assessment of the longer term physical, cultural, social or economic impact. Evocative paintings and dramatic photographs complement the incisive text to make this book the one essential guide you'll need to understand just why the world is what it is today.

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:

Philip's

Philip's Moon Map

Dr John Murray
Contributors:
Dr John Murray