Search Results: "John Gribbin"


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THE DEATH OF THE SUN by John Gribbin
Released: March 3, 1980

"Lively and discussable—by pros as well as armchair astronomers."
Gribbin, a glib expositor of things astronomical, dons his speculative robes to predict some cold turns for the earth and the sun in the coming decades. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"An essay, 'Is Our Sun a Normal Star,' added as an appendix, is a little marvel of provocative suggestions, tease, and, yes, entertainment."
Will our galaxy turn into a quasar? Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Walter Isaacson goes deeper into his life and Dennis Overbye into his work, but readers will find this shorter biography entirely satisfactory."
A prolific British science writer examines the creation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2007

"Full of interesting detail and anecdotage, a warm and readable history of a key era in science."
How England's Royal Society was born from, and continued to foster, the groundbreaking innovations of scientists. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"As usual, Gribbin does a snappy reprise of the relevant theories and history before the whoosh and wow take over."
Not only is there another universe next door, but myriad others across the eons of time and space: That's one conclusion voiced here by this former Stephen Hawking student and popularizer of astronomy (Unveiling the Edge of Time, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For these freethinking folk, this is a book that rejoices in paradoxes and delights in reporting that nothing bizarre—baby universes, bubble universes, universe-sized black holes, energy extraction and time travel through wormholes—is denied by the laws of physics."
The first half of this latest from prolific English science- writer Gribbin (Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) is a nice reprise of special and general relativity, complete with credit to some early scientists who thought about dark and dense matter centuries before black holes were named. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1979

"Subtle and sophisticated in flavor, Gribbin's account is to be commended not only for his emphasis on the astrophysics of climate (his field), but for his understanding of present political realities."
We can now say unequivocally that the warmest period of the present 'interglacial' is over. . . from here on we can expect a cooling off until within about 10,000 years the world will be in the grip of another full ice age." Read full book review >

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RICHARD FEYNMAN by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1997

"Flaws, yes, but still a fine diamond of a life, well polished by the Gribbin team."
Another Feynman biography? Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS WISH by John Gribbin Hutchinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Written as a reminiscence, the book has more appeal for adults than for children—not exactly The Christmas Box audience, but those who enjoy miracle stories with more literary value and fewer tearstains. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A little stocking-stuffer of a book about a boy coming to terms with his father's death. Read full book review >

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FLOWER HUNTERS by Mary Gribbin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"Occasionally staid but erudite portraits of heroic botanists."
Sharp, vest-pocket sketches of a dozen intrepid plant collectors by the veteran popular-science team (Annus Mirabilis: 1905, Albert Einstein, and the Theory of Relativity, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If you're going to own just one general science book, you'd do well to make it this one."
Gribbin, assisted by his occasional co-author Mary, tops himself with this one-volume summary of the current state of scientific knowledge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"A well-written and comprehensive discussion of a sobering but inevitably fascinating subject."
Here is an able summary of the growing body of evidence that Earth has sustained a number of collisions with various large objects from space. Read full book review >