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On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the continental US. Author David Baron chronicles a similar rare eclipse from 1878, whose path crossed the untamed American West.  The result is a wonderful blend of history, science, biography and western narrative in this thrilling race to capture the corona and study the sun. Baron follows scientists, astronomers and inventors as they attempt to finally put America on the intellectual map alongside Europe.                                 

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2017

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It's a time-honored book-selling tradition. Every year when summer rolls around, customers scour the travel section to find the perfect guidebook for their adventures near and far. This year brought a travel guide that is truly out of this world, pun intended! This is the travel guide to the solar system that will be the standard for years to come. A must-read for the daring and the curious alike, this book makes our stellar neighborhood come alive with fun and exciting details on nearly every page. Move over Captain Picard. Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich are on the scene.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129776
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

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As he did in his elegant Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Rovelli here makes theoretical physics accessible. And it’s amazing. He includes equations, but don’t worry about those (even Einstein needed help with the math); the beauty of his explanations is their simplicity. Defining reality as “a world of vibrations, a continuous fluctuation,” he boils everything down to three essentials: granularity, indeterminism, and relationality. These provide all you need to understand why space is not the continuity we take it for, why time is “information we don’t have,” why there’s no such thing as infinity—and much more, including what the universe might have been before the Big Bang.
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity Cover Image
By Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell (Translated by), Erica Segre (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780735213920
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 24th, 2017