Search Results: "John Gribbin"


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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: April 1, 2000

"Close attention is required, but the fascinating story Gribbin has to tell is worth the effort."
How old is the universe? The answer (and the story of how the answer was determined) is the subject of this demanding but not overwhelming account of astronomers at work. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1981

"Ultimately, then, a book that pleases for many things the author does well, but one to be tempered by dipping into other sources for other points of view."
Gribbin is a knowledgeable scientist (with a degree in astrophysics from Cambridge) and a competent expositor (with several popular books on astronomy behind him)—as well as ambitious and optimistic, as anyone attempting a one-volume history of man and the universe would have to be. Read full book review >

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TIMEWARPS by John Gribbin
Released: April 26, 1979

"Fun to read if you suspend reason easily."
Time, not as the river flowing or the unidirectional arrow, is the theme of astrophysicist Gribbin's heady ventures into other universes, other lives. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 1999

"A clear and comprehensive popular treatment of the cutting edge of physics."
Physics changes so rapidly that a new survey of its landmarks is necessary every few years; here's an update from a popular British science writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A thoroughly readable survey of scientific history, spiced by a brilliant and memorable cast of characters."
Five hundred years of science and scientists, by astronomer turned prolific popular-science writer Gribbin (The Birth of Time, 2000, 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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Released: Aug. 15, 1989

"A heady introduction to a complex subject."
Suddenly, anthropic cosmology—which speculates on the relationship between scientific law and human life—is all the rage. 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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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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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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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 >