We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe

We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About the Universe

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By (author) Marcus Chown

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 18mm | 230g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571244033
  • ISBN 13: 9780571244034
  • Sales rank: 69,755

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Look around you. The reflection of your face in a window tells you that the universe is orchestrated by chance. The iron in a spot of blood on your finger tells you that somewhere out in space there is furnace at a temperature of 4.5 billion degrees. Your TV tells you that the universe had a beginning. In fact, your very existence tells you that this may not be the only universe but merely one among infinity of others, stacked like the pages of a never-ending book. Marcus Chown, author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, What a Wonderful World and The Solar System, takes familiar features of the world we know and shows how they can be used to explain profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality. His new book will change the way you see the universe: with Chown as your guide, cutting-edge science is made clear and meaningful by a falling leaf, or a rose, or a starry night sky...We Need To Talk About Kelvin: What Everyday Things Tell Us About The Universe is a hugely accessible exploration of quantum theory, relativity, cosmology, biology and chemistry. Taking our everyday experiences, Marcus Chown quickly and painlessly explains the ultimate truths of reality.

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Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. His most recent books are We Need to Talk About Kelvin, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead, Tweeting The Universe and What A Wonderful World. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.