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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2016

"An exciting chronicle of a monumental scientific accomplishment by a scientist who participated in the measuring of the age of the universe."
Astrophysicist Gribbin (Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution, 2013, etc.) clearly explains how the accidental discovery of "the cosmic microwave background radiation" in the mid-1960s led to the assignment of a definitive date for the origin of the universe.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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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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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 >

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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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FUTURE WORLDS by John Gribbin
Released: June 1, 1981

"So it's dull fare—likely to disappoint even steady Gribbin readers."
Humdrum futurology: science expositor Gribbin, in clear but rather hectoring tones, offers a personal interpretation of recent Science Policy Research Unit (Univ. of Sussex) computer models which attempt to show how we can overcome our current problems and usher in a global utopia. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 1982

"Dense in spots—but an invigorating exercise overall."
Will the Greenhouse Effect offset the Milankovitch cooling Model? 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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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 >