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AN ASTRONAUT'S UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by MIKE MASSIMINO

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown Archetype

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90354-4

Mike Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, but his journey to realizing those dreams is as unlikely as it is captivating. In his new memoir Spaceman Massimino invites readers into a rare, wonderful world where hard science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back the curtain on just what having “the right stuff” really means.

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller -- a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived...

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Written by JANNA LEVIN

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/29/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95819-8

The authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves—by an eminent theoretical astrophysicist and award-winning writer.

From the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the epic story of the scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe.
 
Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the...

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MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY
Written by MAX TEGMARK

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74425-8

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs...

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AN INSIDE ACCOUNT FROM CURIOSITY'S CHIEF ENGINEER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34473-1

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this all-important question.

In Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, Rob Manning, the project's chief engineer, tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life....

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THE WORLD YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW
Written by ALAN LIGHTMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80595-9

Alan Lightman brings a light touch to heavy questions. Here is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes us back and forth between ordinary occurrences—old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.
 
“In this slight volume, Lightman looks toward the universe and captures aspects of it in a series of beautifully written essays, each offering a glimpse at the whole from a different...

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. . . AND OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE ASTRONOMERS' IN-BOX AT THE VATICAN OBSERVATORY

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Image

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13695-2

"Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?"
                                                               ---Pope Francis, May, 2014
 
Pope Francis posed that question---without insisting on an answer---to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's not the first time that question has been asked.

Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like...

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SOUL AND COSMOS: THE PHYSICS AND METAPHYSICS OF THE STARS AND PLANETS
Written by RICHARD GROSSINGER
Foreword by BERNADETTE MAYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 840 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 09/30/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94710-4

Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, we as a species have been looking for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our knowledge, science, and technology developed, the stories we told ourselves about the universe and our place in it developed as well. In The Night Sky, Richard Grossinger traces those developments, covering multiple aspects of humanity’s complex relationship to the cosmos. Covering not only astronomy but also cosmology, cosmogony,...

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HUMANITY'S EXPANDING VIEW OF THE COSMOS
Written by VICTOR J. STENGER

Format: Hardcover, 447 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14970-3

Cosmologists have reasons to believe that the vast universe in which we live is just one of an endless number of other universes within a multiverse—a mind-boggling array that may extend indefinitely in space and endlessly in both the past and the future. Victor Stenger reviews the key developments in the history of science that led to the current consensus view of astrophysicists, taking pains to explain essential concepts and discoveries in accessible terminology. The author shows that...

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INSIDE THE CURIOSITY MISSION
Written by MARC KAUFMAN
Foreword by ELON MUSK

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21278-9

With images never published before, many with surprising colors and landscapes that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book written in consultation with NASA scientists that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition the human race has ever undertaken.
 
 Mars Up Close combines inside stories, fascinating facts, up-to-date maps, accessible science, eye-popping pictures, and visions of a future...

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VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE
Written by KEITH PARSONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14929-1

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive review of the entire field, but makes a selection of the most vibrant debates and issues.

The author tackles such stimulating questions as: Can...

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MARS ROVER MISSION AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Written by ROD PYLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 07/15/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14933-8

Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion...

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DEFENDING OUR PLANET FROM DEADLY NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS
Written by WILLIAM E. BURROWS

Format: Trade Paperback, 282 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14913-0

The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking book, veteran aerospace writer William E. Burrows explains what we can do in the future to avoid far more serious impacts from "Near-Earth Objects" (NEOs), as they are called in the planetary defense community.  The good news is...

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