The Way the Universe Works Paper
From particles to supernovas and black holes, this book lifts the lid on space science, giving you the chance to explore key theories about the Universe. Whether you want to know what spring is like on Mars, how stars are made, or what shape the Universe is, this book explains the science using clear, accessible language and images, including photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. You can explore and test scientific principles in the experiments in each section - from creating a lunar eclipse to testing for microbes on Mars. Authoritative and down-to-earth coverage of astronomy, physics and cosmology means that you can find out why science matters and how it helps to explain the Universe. From atoms and matter to magnetism and electricity, you'll find great examples of space science in action. You'll also be able to get involved in demonstrations and practical experiments.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 224 x 283 x 15mm | 960g
- 07 Nov 2002
- Dorling Kindersley Ltd
- Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- colour photographs, glossary, index
Table of contents
Looking at the Universe: the story of astronomy; our place in space; building blocks; universal forces; radiation; tools of the trade; backyard astronomy; the night sky; northern stars; southern stars; the changing heavens; exploring space. The solar system: empire of the sun; orbiting the sun; birth of the solar system; inside the planets; craters and volcanoes; planetary atmospheres; moons and rings; asteroids and ice dwarfs; comets; meteors and meteorites; life in the solar system. The planets: family of planets; Mercury; Venus; Earth; inside Earth; the Moon; the lunar world; Mars - the red planet; the Martian surface; Jupiter; Jupiter's moons; Saturn; Uranus; Neptune; Pluto and Charon. The stars: stars near and far; our local star; the stormy sun; space weather; distant stars; starlight; a star is born; varieties of stars; stars with planets; clusters and binaries; between the stars; death of sunlike stars; death of massive stars; pulsars and black holes. Galaxies: star islands; our home galaxy; inside the Milky Way; galaxies galore; active galaxies; our galactic neighbours; galaxy clusters. Mysterious universe: the shape of the universe; spacetime and relativity; the big bang; dark matter; space and time travel; life in the universe?. Space data.
Robin Kerrod was a major contributor to the DK Science Encyclopedia and co-authored The Way Science Works. Giles Sparrow is a professional science writer and was a contributor to DK's Space Encyclopedia. Dr. Jacqueline Mitton has a doctorate in astronomy and has written several titles including The Penguin Dictionary of Astronomy.