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1 Carroll, Michael Earths of Distant Suns I10306 2017 eBook  
2 Jaeger, Lars The Second Quantum Revolution I08569 2018 eBook  
3 Mainzer, Klaus The Little Book of Time I11562 2002 eBook  
4 Webb, Stephen Out of this World I11135 2004 eBook  
5 Fischer, Daniel Mission Jupiter I11108 2001 eBook  
6 Webb, Stephen If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? I10944 2002 eBook  
7 Schneier, Bruce Beyond Fear I10940 2003 eBook  
8 Kaler, James B The Hundred Greatest Stars I10931 2002 eBook  
9 Gilster, Paul Centauri Dreams I10858 2004 eBook  
10 Ward, Peter D Rare Earth I10775 2000 eBook  
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TitleEarths of Distant Suns : How We Find Them, Communicate with Them, and Maybe Even Travel There
Author(s)Carroll, Michael
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXI, 234 p. 65 illus., 62 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteBased on the latest missions results and supported by commissioned artwork, this book explores the possible lessons we may learn from exoplanets. As the number of known Earth-like objects grows significantly, the author explores what is known about the growing roster of "pale blue dots" far afield. Aided by an increased sensitivity of the existing observatories, recent discoveries by Keck, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Kepler are examined. These findings, once thought to be closer to the realm of science fiction, have fired the imaginations of the general public as well as scientists. All of us are mesmerized by the possibility of other Earth-like worlds out there. Author Michael Carroll asks the tough questions of what the expected gain is from identifying these Earth analogs spread across the Universe and the reasons for studying them. Potentially, they could teach us about our own climate and Solar System. Also explored are the more remote options of communication between or even travel to these distant yet perhaps not so dissimilar worlds
ISBN,Price9783319439648
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. PLANETOLOGY 5. Popular Science in Astronomy 6. SPACE SCIENCES 7. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleThe Second Quantum Revolution : From Entanglement to Quantum Computing and Other Super-Technologies
Author(s)Jaeger, Lars
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXVIII, 339 p. 2 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book tells the story of the second quantum revolution which will shape the 21st century as much as the first quantum revolution shaped the 20th century. It provides unique orientation in today's discussion and the latest progress on the interpretation of quantum physics and its further technological potential. As you read this book the first prototypes of this revolution are being built in laboratories worldwide. Super-technologies such as nanotechnology, quantum computers, quantum information processing, and others will soon shape our daily lives, even if physicists themselves continue to disagree on how to interpret the central theory of modern physics. The book will thus also touch on the profound philosophical questions at the heart of quantum mechanics
ISBN,Price9783319988245
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. PHYSICS 4. Popular Science in Physics 5. QUANTUM COMPUTERS 6. Quantum Information Technology, Spintronics 7. QUANTUM PHYSICS 8. SPINTRONICS
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TitleThe Little Book of Time
Author(s)Mainzer, Klaus
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2002.
DescriptionXVI, 176 p : online resource
Abstract Notechapter 1 Time in the Classical and Medieval Worldviews From the Beginnings to the Pre-Socratic School Zeno's Time Arrow and Aristotle's Continuum 6 Time and Creation According to Saint Augustine 15 Time and Medieval Astronomy 18 20 Calendars and Clocks chapter 2 Time in the Worldview of Classical Physics 25 Absolute Time According to Newton 26 Relational Time According to Leibniz 30 Time in Classical Mechanics 31 Time in Kant's Epistemology 35 chapter 3 Relativistic Spacetime 43 Time in Special Relativity Theory 44 Time in General Relativity Theory 50 Time in Relativistic Cosmology 54 chapter 4 Time and the Quantum World 61 Time in Quantum Mechanics 62 Time in Quantum Field Theories 70 Time, Black Holes, and the Anthropic Principle 78 Time and Thermodynamics chapter 5 83 Time in Equilibrium Thermodynamics 84 Time in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics 2 9 Time, Irreversibility, and Self-Organization 100 chapter 6 Time and Life 107 Time in Darwin's Theory of Evolution 108 Time in Molecular Evolution 111 Time Hierarchies and Biological Rhythms 117 chapter 7 Time and Consciousness 121 Temporal Rhythms and Brain Physiology 122 The Experience of Time and the Emergence of Consciousness 124 Computation Time and Artificial Intelligence 128 chapter 8 Time in History and Culture 137 Time in Historical Cultures 138 Time in Technological-Industrial Cultures 144 The Time Horizon of the Technological World and the Philosophy of Time 152 Further Reading 161 Index 167 Acknowledgments The Little Book of Time was inspired by my research in
ISBN,Price9781475743326
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. Biomedicine, general 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. LIFE SCIENCES 10. Life Sciences, general 11. MEDICINE
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TitleOut of this World : Colliding Universes, Branes, Strings, and Other Wild Ideas of Modern Physics
Author(s)Webb, Stephen
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2004.
DescriptionXII, 308 p. 221 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteSeeing beyond the Big Bang. . . Although it is now almost unanimously accepted that the cosmos started with the Big Bang, we still have no plausible theory for the forces that set this creative cataclysm in motion. Some of the most profound questions of modern science arise out of the difficulties scientists have explaining how our Universe was born. What happened, indeed what was, before the Big Bang? During the past few years cosmologists have begun to develop new ideas, sometimes fantastic, that are beginning to shed light on such questions. In OUT OF THIS WORLD, Stephen Webb examines these amazing recent theories. After introducing general relativity and quantum mechnanics-the twin foundations of twentieth-century physics-he explains how they are fundamentally incompatible. Then, in a series of increasingly astonishing chapters, he introduces us to the seemingly outlandish and bizarre proposals-from almost unbelievably small particles to huge membranes that may envelope the Universe-that physicists have devised to account for this incompatibility, ultimately leading us to wholly new realms of understanding. Webb makes these strange and wonderful goings-on accessible, engaging, and enjoyable, conveying not just what theorists have begun to believe about the cosmos, but the awe and excitement felt by scientists as this new picture of the Universe slowly emerges
ISBN,Price9781475761207
Keyword(s)1. Applied and Technical Physics 2. ASTROPHYSICS 3. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 4. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 5. COSMOLOGY 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. GRAVITATION 9. PHYSICS 10. Popular Science, general 11. Popular works 12. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleMission Jupiter : The Spectacular Journey of the Galileo Spacecraft
Author(s)Fischer, Daniel
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2001.
DescriptionXV, 317 p. 166 illus., 44 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteWe are at the dawn of a new era in the study of space, all thanks to the Galileo space probe. Mission Jupiter brings us the exciting story of the Galileo mission to investigate Jupiter. The noted astronomer Daniel Fischer, co-author of Hubble: A New Window to the Universe and Hubble Revisited: New Images from the Discovery Machine, weaves together the many disparate facts learned about Jupiter and its satellites into a coherent description of this most fascinating planet, after stepping back to review the history of planetary exploration. Mission Jupiter tells the entire story of Galileo: a behind-the-scenes look at its difficult course from idea to reality; its launch; the problems it encountered early on and how these were resolved; and finally, what will become of the probe. Along the way, the author describes what wee learned about Jupiter, including what the Jovian atmosphere is really like, and the peculiar reality of the planet's magnetic field. The story of the journey to Jupiter is combined with interesting details about Galileo's capacities and a graphic description of the solar system, with an entertaining episode on how Galileo would judge the chances of finding life on Earth. The book concludes with a look to the future, closing on the Cassini probe to Saturn, launched just last year. Beautifully illustrated and well written, Mission Jupiter shows us space exploration at its best and conveys the essential science clearly and vividly. '
ISBN,Price9781475741414
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. Observations, Astronomical
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TitleIf the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY? : Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
Author(s)Webb, Stephen
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2002.
DescriptionXII, 288 p : online resource
Abstract NoteGiven the fact that there are perhaps 400 million stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 million galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormities of the numbers almost demand that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? Webb discusses in detail the 50 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them?
ISBN,Price9780387217390
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Popular Science in Astronomy 6. Popular Science, general 7. Popular works 8. Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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TitleBeyond Fear : Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World
Author(s)Schneier, Bruce
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2003.
DescriptionVIII, 296 p : online resource
Abstract NoteMany of us, especially since 9/11, have become personally concerned about issues of security, and this is no surprise. Security is near the top of government and corporate agendas around the globe. Security-related stories appear on the front page everyday. How well though, do any of us truly understand what achieving real security involves? In Beyond Fear, Bruce Schneier invites us to take a critical look at not just the threats to our security, but the ways in which we're encouraged to think about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes we all can and should be better security consumers, and that the trade-offs we make in the name of security - in terms of cash outlays, taxes, inconvenience, and diminished freedoms - should be part of an ongoing negotiation in our personal, professional, and civic lives, and the subject of an open and informed national discussion. With a well-deserved reputation for original and sometimes iconoclastic thought, Schneier has a lot to say that is provocative, counter-intuitive, and just plain good sense. He explains in detail, for example, why we need to design security systems that don't just work well, but fail well, and why secrecy on the part of government often undermines security. He also believes, for instance, that national ID cards are an exceptionally bad idea: technically unsound, and even destructive of security. And, contrary to a lot of current nay-sayers, he thinks online shopping is fundamentally safe, and that many of the new airline security measure (though by no means all) are actually quite effective. A skeptic of much that's promised by highly touted technologies like biometrics, Schneier is also a refreshingly positive, problem-solving force in the often self-dramatizing and fear-mongering world of security pundits. Schneier helps the reader to understand the issues at stake, and how to best come to one's own conclusions, including the vast infrastructure we already have in place, and the vaster systems--some useful, others useless or worse--that we're being asked to submit to and pay for. Bruce Schneier is the author of seven books, including Applied Cryptography (which Wired called "the one book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published") and Secrets and Lies (described in Fortune as "startlingly lively...[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use."). He is also Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc., and publishes Crypto-Gram, one of the most widely read newsletters in the field of online security
ISBN,Price9780387217123
Keyword(s)1. Coding and Information Theory 2. CODING THEORY 3. Cryptology 4. Data encryption (Computer science) 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HEALTH 8. INFORMATION THEORY 9. MEDICINE 10. Popular Science in Medicine and Health 11. Popular Science, general 12. Popular works 13. Security Science and Technology 14. SOCIAL WORK 15. System safety
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TitleThe Hundred Greatest Stars
Author(s)Kaler, James B
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2002.
DescriptionXXVIII, 211 p. 103 illus., 86 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteI have always loved the stars. I watch them, photograph one. And you can hardly talk about Zubenelgenubi them, research them, write about them. Their wonder without bringing in Zubeneschamali, so they too are is that they are there not simply for scientists, but for treated within one story. The Sun is not included in the all of us, filling the night sky with their sparkling beauty. 100 list, but instead leads the pack as ???Star Zero. ??? There are as many different kinds as there are stars Before describing the glories of the 100 stars, an themselves, each an individual. The heavens give us introduction briefs the beginning stargazer on basic bright ones, dim ones, near ones, far ones, the aged, stellar properties and explains the astronomical the young, those that help tell our ancient stories, and terminology, without which we would be continuously those nearly invisible even with the greatest of our tongue-tied. A separate glossary provides a quick technologies. Taken together, they relate the tale of our reminder. Then we move on to the stars themselves. existence, of the birth, life, and death of the Sun on Each of my favorite stars is introduced by a short which we depend
ISBN,Price9780387216256
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GRAVITATION 7. Observations, Astronomical
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TitleCentauri Dreams : Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration
Author(s)Gilster, Paul
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2004.
DescriptionXV, 302 p : online resource
Abstract NoteI wrote this book because I wanted to learn more about interstel?? lar flight. Not the Star Trek notion of tearing around the Galaxy in a huge spaceship-that was obviously beyond existing tech?? nology-but a more realistic mission. In 1989 I had videotaped Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune and watched the drama of robotic exploration over and over again. I started to wonder whether we could do something similar with Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun. Everyone seemed to agree that manned flight to the stars was out of the question, if not permanently then for the indefinitely foreseeable future. But surely we could do something with robotics. And if we could figure out a theoretical way to do it, how far were we from the actual technology that would make it happen? In other words, what was the state of our interstellar technology today, those concepts and systems that might translate into a Voyager to the stars? Finding answers meant talking to people inside and outside of NASA. I was surprised to learn that there is a large literature of interstellar flight. Nobody knows for sure how to propel a space?? craft fast enough to make the interstellar crossing within a time scale that would fit the conventional idea of a mission, but there are candidate systems that are under active investigation. Some of this effort begins with small systems that we'll use near the Earth and later hope to extend to deep space missions
ISBN,Price9781475738940
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTRONAUTICS 4. ASTRONOMY 5. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 6. ASTROPHYSICS 7. Automotive engineering 8. Control engineering 9. Control, Robotics, Mechatronics 10. EBOOK 11. EBOOK - SPRINGER 12. Mechatronics 13. Popular Science in Astronomy 14. ROBOTICS
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TitleRare Earth : Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
Author(s)Ward, Peter D;Brownlee, Donald
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Copernicus 2. Springer New York, 2000.
DescriptionXXXIV, 338 p : online resource
Abstract NoteIn November 12, 2002, Dr. John Chambers of the NASA Ames Research Center gave a seminar to the Astrobiology Group at the University of Washington. The audience of about 100 listened with rapt attention as Chambers described results from a computer study of how planetary systems form. The goal of his research was to answer a deceptively simple question: How often would newly forming planetary systems produce Earth-like planets, given a star the size of our own sun? By ???Earth-like??? Chambers meant a rocky planet with water on its surface, orbiting within a star???s ???habitable zone. ??? This not-too-hot and not-too-cold inner region, relatively close to the star, supports the presence of liquid water on a planet surface for hundreds of million of years???the time-span probably necessary for the evolution of life. To answer the question of just how many Earth-like planets might be spawned in such a planetary system, Chambers had spent thousands of hours running highly sophisticated modeling programs through arrays of powerful computers. The results presented at the meeting were startling. The simulations showed that rocky planets orbiting at the ???right??? distances from the central star are easily formed, but they can end up with a wide range of water content. Earth seems to be quite a gem???a rocky planet where not only can liquid water exist for long periods of time, but where water can be found as a heathy oceanful???not too little and not too much. Our planet seems to reside in a benign region of the Galaxy, where comet and asteroid bombardment is tolerable and habitable-zone planets can commonly grow to Earth size. Such real estate in our galaxy???perhaps in any galaxy???is prime for life. And rare as well
ISBN,Price9780387218489
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Popular Science in Astronomy 6. Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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