Books by Caleb Scharf

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe."
A beautifully illustrated survey of the universe and its constituent parts, from quarks to galaxies and beyond. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Most readers will agree with Scharf's complex but astute arguments that '[w]hile we cannot be at the center of what we now know to be a centerless universe, we nonetheless occupy a very interesting place in it—in time, space, and scale.'"
The universe is massive, and humans occupy an infinitesimal part. Do we matter? In this ingenious mixture of cosmology, evolutionary biology and philosophy, Columbia Astrobiology Center director Scharf (Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos, 2012) gives a thumbs up. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Written for educated laymen, this should not be treated as an introduction to cosmology (for that try Brian Clegg's Gravity or Chris Impey's The Living Cosmos), but Scharf provides a rich, satisfying and usually comprehensible account of an extraordinary phenomenon."
An intelligent explanation of a weird but essential feature of the universe. Read full book review >