Marcus Chown - Author

About the Author

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. He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

Featured books by Marcus Chown

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

Other books by Marcus Chown

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Bestselling author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important science about us, our world and beyond by examining some astonishing facts that reveal the vast complexities of the universe. There is much about our world that seems to make perfect sense, and important scientific breakthroughs have helped us understand ourselves, our planet and our place in the universe in fascinating detail. But our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world and huge leaps in technology over the last century have also revealed a universe far stranger than we could ever have imagined. With brilliant clarity and wit, bestselling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind fifty remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence. Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that, out there in the cosmos, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives.

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2017 'Does Einstein proud . . . Eminently readable' Guardian 'No one has covered the topic with such a light touch and joie de vivre . . . a delight' Brian Clegg Gravity was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is still the least understood. If we can unlock its secrets, the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in the twenty-first century. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

Ascent of Gravity

Ascent of Gravity

Author: Marcus Chown Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2017

Why the force that keeps our feet on the ground holds the key to understanding the nature of time and the origin of the universe.Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognized and described yet it is the least understood. It is a "e;force"e; that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists.Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is "e;a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."e; And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the "e;force"e; of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force that Explains Everything

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from? Award-winning writer Marcus Chown takes us on an unforgettable journey from the recognition of the 'force' of gravity in 1666 to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. And, as we stand on the brink of a seismic revolution in our worldview, he brings us up to speed on the greatest challenge ever to confront physics.

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything

The Ascent of Gravity The Quest to Understand the Force That Explains Everything

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Gravity is the weakest force in the everyday world yet it is the strongest force in the universe. It was the first force to be recognised and described yet it is the least understood. It is a 'force' that keeps your feet on the ground yet no such force actually exists. Gravity, to steal the words of Winston Churchill, is 'a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma'. And penetrating that enigma promises to answer the biggest questions in science: what is space? What is time? What is the universe? And where did it all come from?

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You Understanding the Mind-Blowing Building Blocks of the Universe

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You Understanding the Mind-Blowing Building Blocks of the Universe

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein's general theory of relativity. Together, they explain virtually everything about the world we live in. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven't the slightest clue what either is about. Did you know that there's so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? And did you realize that 1% of the static on a TV tuned between stations is the relic of the Big Bang? Marcus Chown, the bestselling author of What A Wonderful World and the Solar System app, explains all with characteristic wit, colour and clarity, from the Big Bang and Einstein's general theory of relativity to probability, gravity and quantum theory. 'Chown discusses special and general relativity, probablity waves, quantum entanglement, gravity and the Big Bang, with humour and beautiful clarity, always searching for the most vivid imagery.' Steven Poole, Guardian

What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

Photographic Card Deck Of The Solar System 126 Cards Featuring Stories, Scientific Data, and Big Beautiful Photographs of All the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun

Photographic Card Deck Of The Solar System 126 Cards Featuring Stories, Scientific Data, and Big Beautiful Photographs of All the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Cards Release Date: 20/12/2010

A companion to Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun, this beautiful photographic card deck features 100 different items from our solar system, from planets and moons, to asteroids, solar wind, and famous astronomers - one on each card - with a full-size image on the front and fascinating information on the back.The Photographic Card Deck of the Solar System is the most beautiful and detailed set of cards ever produced on the subject. The deck includes 156 5' x 5' cards, each covering a single topic, such as an individual planet or moon, asteroids, comets, gravity, the movement of the planets, solar wind, dwarf planets, dark matter, and the possibility of life elsewhere, and more. The front side of each card features a full-size photograph while the back includes explanatory text and key scientific data illustrating the most important and interesting aspects of each topic.The cards are perfect for students, but they also make an excellent gift for scientists and adults who are fascinated by the beauty and complexity of space.

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

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

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 an 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 unltimate truths of reality.

Afterglow of Creation Decoding the message from the beginning of time

Afterglow of Creation Decoding the message from the beginning of time

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2010

Stephen Hawking described it as 'the discovery of the century, if not of all time', yet the scientists who first detected the cosmic radiation that was identified as the afterglow of the big bang had to admit that it was more by accident than intention. At first its discoverers mistook the readings for the disruption caused by the droppings of pigeons that had nested in their telescope, and yet they went on to win the Nobel prize. In the mid-1990s New Scientist writer Marcus Chown drove across America to interview the key scientists who had made this astonishing discovery. Their account and Chown's description of their achievement was published to much acclaim. But now, over a decade later, in this new and fully revised edition he goes behind the hype and the hysteria to provide a clear and lively explanation of one of the biggest discoveries in modern science - and a brilliant picture of what happened next.

Felicity Frobisher and the Three-headed Aldebaran Dust Devil

Felicity Frobisher and the Three-headed Aldebaran Dust Devil

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/2008

When Felicity Frobisher is paid a visit by a Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil, she has the most extraordinary day of her life. Travelling through wormholes, beating the school bullies, using the Pan-Galactic Speaking Dictionary to wow her French teacher, and even visiting an international space station - it's all possible when you are friends with a Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead Dispatches from the Front Line of Science

The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead Dispatches from the Front Line of Science

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2007

In Chown's most ambitious book to date he sets out to answer some of the most provocative questions of today: - Is Elvis alive and kicking in another space domain? - Will we ever find ET? - What's beyond the edge of the Universe? - Did aliens build the stars? - Can we live forever?

The Magic Furnace The Search for the Origins of Atoms

The Magic Furnace The Search for the Origins of Atoms

Author: Marcus Chown Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2000

Every atom in our bodies has an extraordinary history. Our blood, our food, our books, our clothes - everything contains atoms forged in blistering furnaces deep inside stars, which were blown into space by those stars' cataclysmic explosions and deaths. From red giants - stars so enormous they could engulf a million suns - to supernova explosions - the most violent events in the universe - the birth of every atom was marked by cosmic events on an enormous scale, against a backdrop of unimaginable heat and cold, brightness and darkness, space and time. But how did we discover the astonishing truth about our cosmic origins? THE MAGIC FURNACE is Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how scientists unravelled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life. It is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of stars.

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