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Giles Sparrow - Author

About the Author

Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.

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Other books by Giles Sparrow

Solar System in Minutes

Solar System in Minutes

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

This concise, illuminating guide takes us on a comprehensive tour of the solar system, from the Sun at its very heart - via the planets and their moons - to the icy objects at its periphery, some 150 billion kilometres away. The Solar System in Minutes explains the history and features of all the major celestial bodies, including the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the planets' main moons, the asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and the Kuiper belt; as well as the birth, evolution and science of the solar system and the story - and future - of its exploration. With 200 of the very latest space photographs and explanatory diagrams, here is the easiest way to understand our cosmic neighbourhood.

Der Genie-Test

Der Genie-Test

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2018

"e;Der Genie-Test"e;, das ist Pop-Science, die einfach wirklich Spa macht. Von Artifizieller Intelligenz uber Ontologie bis zur Unendlichkeit - Autor Giles Sparrow fuhrt seine Leser auf eine Reise kreuz und quer durch die Wissenschaften. Und nicht nur das: Mit geradezu genialen Testfragen ladt dieses Buch dazu ein, das eigene Wissen spielerisch zu erweitern. Die Wissenschaften sind irrsinnig komplex und - Hand aufs Herz - wer wei schon wirklich, was das Higgs Boson ist, ob wir einen freien Willen haben und wie das menschliche Genom aufgebaut ist? Giles Sparrow, Autor und Wissens-Enthusiast, schafft Abhilfe. Unterhaltsam und faktenreich beantwortet er die kompliziertesten Fragen unserer Zeit. Doch nicht nur das: Mit vertrackten Testfragen knnen Sie sich selbst herausfordern und werden so spielend zum Genie oder doch zumindest genial clever. Und fr angehende Genies, die es besonders eilig haben, findet sich die Essenz eines Kapitels in der "e;Kurzzusammenfassung fr Hochstapler"e;. Eines ist sicher, dieses Buch kitzelt Ihr Gehirn und gibt wirklich wissenschaftliche Ausknfte ber die 50 kompliziertesten Themen wie: den Gdelschen Unvollstndigkeitssatz; die Postmoderne; Keynesianismus; Semiotik und Strukturalismus; Schrdingers Katze; DNA; Dekonstruktion; das Leib-Seele-Problem; die Supersymmetrische Stringtheorie; den Big Bang, Schwarze Lcher und viele mehr.

What Shape Is Space? A primer for the 21st century

What Shape Is Space? A primer for the 21st century

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

What Shape is Space? is a question with surprisingly far-reaching implications for our understanding of the very nature of reality and our place within it. The concepts involved may be sophisticated, but Giles Sparrow's effortless prose style easily renders them understandable, allowing readers to get to grips with the overarching debates at the cutting edge of cosmology today. Infographics, diagrams and astronomical visualizations illustrate and clarify the various astonishing implications of a universe of infinite space.

Children'S Encyclopedia of Science

Children'S Encyclopedia of Science

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2018

Cosmos A Field Guide

Cosmos A Field Guide

Author: Giles Sparrow, Dava Sobel Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The biggest and best ever reproduction of the Space Age's most remarkable images The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth's night skies are but an infinitesimal fraction of the hundreds of billions that inhabit our galaxy - and there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. Cosmos makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time, illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes and other exotica that populate the heavens with some of science's most spectacular photographs. The book opens with an orbital survey of planet Earth, before venturing into the solar system heading for interstellar space and the heart of our galaxy. As the journey unfolds, the rhythms of stellar life emerge: we pass through dark clouds of dust and gas ablaze with newly smelted stars and we witness dying stars bloom and fade as planetary nebulae, or tear themselves apart as supernovae. Having crossed the Milky Way, we enter intergalactic space. Out here we watch the hidden lives of galaxies: we see them flock and cluster, forming massive conglomerations that span millions of light years, visibly warping space with their tremendous gravity. After covering an almost unimaginable 13.4 billion light years, we approach the edge of space and the dawn of time where our voyage must end, but not before we consider how the universe was born, and how it might die. A landmark in popular science publishing, Cosmos is a majestic, giant format, account of the ultimate journey - a 13.7-billion-light-year- (or 130-billion-trillion kilometre-) voyage from our home planet to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. Illustrated with 450 images of staggering beauty.

Children's Encyclopedia of Space

Children's Encyclopedia of Space

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2017

Marine Life From Tropical Fish to Mighty Sharks

Marine Life From Tropical Fish to Mighty Sharks

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

Stars and Planets Understanding the Universe

Stars and Planets Understanding the Universe

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2016

From our own solar system to the edges of the universe, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is your introduction to the most important concepts, discoveries and mysteries in astronomy. How did the universe begin? Where did the Moon come from? What happens in the heart of a black hole? Why are gravitational waves so significant? And is there life elsewhere in the cosmos? In fifty fascinating essays covering the central ideas of astronomy and cosmology, accompanied by diagrams, definitions of essential terms and timelines of key discoveries, this book examines the nature and variety of our universe - the life cycle of stars, the formation of planets, the structure of galaxies and the puzzles of dark matter and the multiverse. Expansive and illuminating, 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know is the complete guide to the birth, life and possible death of the cosmos.

Physics Squared 100 Concepts You Should Know

Physics Squared 100 Concepts You Should Know

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Physics is the oldest and deepest of all the sciences, revealing profound truths about the way in which the Universe operates. Schrodinger's Cat, the Higgs boson particle, string theory-concepts we've all heard of, but how far do we really understand them? Physics Squared guides you through these topics and more. It may have taken us many centuries to realise it, but physical principles underpin all of the other sciences and much of modern technology, making an understanding of basic physics invaluable. Physics Squared takes you on a whistlestop journey - across 10 chapters and 100 topics, it guides you from the laws of motion and the basic mechanics of the everyday world, through hugely important fields such as electricity and nuclear physics, to the quantum physics and relativity theories that describe the Universe. With accessible yet authoritative text complimented by new colour illustrations, infographics and photos, Physics Squared is the ideal primer or refresher for those who want to learn more about the science that governs our Universe, to gain a better understanding of how the world we live in works.

The Stargazer's Handbook An Atlas of the Night Sky

The Stargazer's Handbook An Atlas of the Night Sky

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Fully illustrated with 400 of the most striking and up-to-date astronomical images and covering all the major constellations and landmarks of the night sky, The Stargazer's Handbook reveals the treasures of the cosmos - what they are, where they are, and how to see them, including month-by-month guides to the changing hemispheres and tips and guides on the best stargazing equipment. This new compact edition is perfect for browsing at home or accompanying you out at night under the stars. Filled with stunning photography, this book is all you need to start discovering the universe.

Astronomy in Minutes 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Astronomy in Minutes 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

What happens when a star dies? How many asteroids are in our solar system? Can galaxies collide? What is dark energy? Astronomy in Minutes answers all these questions and more as it condenses 200 key concepts into easily digestible essays. From Trojan asteroids to stellar black holes, and from superclusters to cosmic microwave background, this book will take you on an essential tour around the universe. Beginning with the specks and constellations that we see in the night sky, and then zooming in on the objects and 'matter' beyond the naked eye, Astronomy in Minutes draws on established theories and recent research. Each essay is accompanied by an image or a clear diagram to help unravel complex ideas. Beginning with the constellations and finishing with the latest cosmological theories, this is the perfect reference guide to this fascinating subject. Contents include: The celestial sphere, Piscis Austrinus, the Earth-Moon system, Io and Ganymede, Kuiper Belt Objects, Measuring stellar properties, Nuclear fusion, Red and orange dwarfs, Open star clusters, Planetary nebulae, Supernova remnants, Cosmic expansion, Quasars and blazars, Nature of spacetime, Nucleosynthesis and the Anthropic Principle.

Physics in Minutes

Physics in Minutes

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Physics in Minutes covers everything you need to know about physics, condensed into 200 key topics. Each idea is explained in clear, accessible language, building from the basics, such as mechanics, waves and particles, to more complex topics, including neutrinos, string theory and dark matter. Based on scientific research proving that the brain best absorbs information visually, illustrations accompany the text to aid quick comprehension and easy recollection. This convenient and compact reference book is ideal for anyone interested in how our world works. Chapters include: Newton's Laws of Motion, Schrodinger's cat, Magnetism, Superconductivity, Fission and fusion, Higgs Boson, Entropy, Dark matter.

Space Travel Guides: Space Exploration

Space Travel Guides: Space Exploration

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

Space Travel Guides offer a unique look at our Solar System and beyond for older children. Adopting a `travel guide` format, this original series takes the reader on a fascinating fact-packed voyage, offering insights and points of interest along they way. Stunning full-colour photographs and quirky cartoons ensure that no detail is omitted as the trip progresses - from planetary features to star magnitudes and from space toilets to driving on the Moon.

Space Travel Guides: The Outer Planets

Space Travel Guides: The Outer Planets

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2013

Space Travel Guides offer a unique look at our Solar System and beyond for older children. Adopting a `travel guide` format, this original series takes the reader on a fascinating fact-packed voyage, offering insights and points of interest along they way. Stunning full-colour photographs and quirky cartoons ensure that no detail is omitted as the trip progresses - from planetary features to star magnitudes and from space toilets to driving on the Moon.

The Traveller's Guide To The Solar System Band 16/Sapphire

The Traveller's Guide To The Solar System Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Giles Sparrow Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

Bored of spending all your holidays on Mars? Now you can travel further off the beaten astral plane with this fact-packed guide. * Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. * A travel guide to all the planets in the solar system on pages 54 and 55 makes it easy for children to recap what the key facts they've learnt. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * Curriculum links: Science; Geography; Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader

The Planets A Journey Through the Solar System

The Planets A Journey Through the Solar System

Author: Giles Sparrow, Giles Sparrow Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2006

In the last 40 years the planets have been revealed in their full glory, unmasked by a fleet of satellites and interplanetary probes. And the closer we look, the more astonishing they are: Mars' deserts were once home to rivers and oceans; on Jupiter wind speeds reach 10,000 kph (6,000 mph) and storms rage for centuries; Saturn is surrounded by a swarm of 34 moons; and diamonds are believed to rain from Neptune's blue skies. Moving out from the Sun, every planet and moon is visited in a journey that takes us a full light year into space, out to the fringes of the solar system where the Sun is no longer the brightest star in the sky. With 200 spectacular images, The Planets follows the tracks of robotic rovers over Mars, plunges through Titan's atmosphere on the back of the Hugyens probe, smashes into a comet with Deep Impact, and voyages to the edge of our solar system to discover the frozen planets that lurk beyond the orbit of Pluto.

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