Hardback
January 15, 2011
9780801897979
English
256
60853
45
9.25 Inches (US)
6.13 Inches (US)
0.99 Inches (US)
1.05 Pounds (US)
$75.00 USD, £55.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
January 15, 2011
9780801897986
English
256
60853
45
9.25 Inches (US)
6.13 Inches (US)
0.74 Inches (US)
.8 Pounds (US)
$28.00 USD, £20.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted

By C. Renée James
Illustrated by Lee Jamison

Time. Gravity. Night. So much of what surrounds us feels familiar and mundane. But each is a wonder that reveals profound insights into the world around us.

C. Renée James's whimsical tour of seven everyday experiences—night, light, stuff, gravity, time, home, and wonder—opens the Universe to fantastical contemplation. Light? Although we need it to see, there's much more to it than meets the eye. Stuff? When it comes down to it, things are almost entirely empty space—99.9% nothing—especially when you get to the atomic level. Home? James's contemplation of our place in the Universe shows that it's not just a place to hang your hat—and that there’s really nothing else like it.

James introduces each of these seven wonders with a simple question that appears to be easily answered. The questions are deceptive, though—as is James's casual, light-hearted style. Underneath lie such concepts as relativity, matter and antimatter, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Her accessible discussion uses common analogies and entertaining illustrations to provide a bundle of detail on historical discoveries and to provoke serious pondering.

Fun and edifying, Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted is an inviting introduction to secret knowledge of our everyday world. This book may be 99.9% nothing, but the thoughts it will inspire are massive.

About the Authors

C. Renée James is an associate professor of physics at Sam Houston State University. An accomplished scholarly writer, her popular science essays have been published in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Current Science, and Mercury.

Reviews

"[James'] conversational and at times humourous approach attempts to re-inspire the audience to look more closely at everything around them... If you’d like to understand more about how science affects the world around you without complicated scientific jargon that goes with it, this book is for you. It’s an informative and accessible read that’ll make you rethink whether taking the rubbish out is as boring as you previously thought."

- Nina Pace - Cosmos

"James provides a satisfying and entertaining read for those of us who have a latent curiosity, for those who watch Nova or listen to Stephen Hawking and are still left scratching our heads, for those with curious children who demand more than 'just because' in answer to their questions, and for science teachers looking for student-friendly explanations... she doesn't claim to have the mathematical intelligence of Einstein, but she has something he didn't: the ability to explain esoteric scientific theories and concepts so that you understand them."

- Ruth Douillette - Internet Review of Books

"I strongly recommend picking up Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted. You’ll never look at the cosmos the same way again."

- Karri Ferron - Astronomy.com

"A lighthearted tour of everyday phenomena like light, time and gravity that also explores what makes Earth special and the evolution of life."

- Science News

Endorsements

"Professor James's enthusiasm for our Universe has made me quite ashamed that I've so long pined for a parallel one."

- Emo Philips

"It is no small wonder that Renee James's small book is wonderful. Even readers with sciophobia (fear of science) will find this a fun read, as well as faithful and accurate. The writing shows that the author is wise in psychology, philosophy, and literature as well as science."

- Peter Kreeft, Boston College
Johns Hopkins University Press
From 13 To 17

9780801897979 : seven-wonders-of-the-universe-that-you-probably-took-for-granted-james-jamison
Hardback
256 Pages
$75.00 USD
9780801897986 : seven-wonders-of-the-universe-that-you-probably-took-for-granted-james-jamison
Paperback / softback
256 Pages
$28.00 USD

Other Titles by C. Renée James

Science Unshackled

C. Renée James
Sep 2014 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted

C. Renée James, illustrated by Lee Jamison
Dec 2010 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in SCIENCE / Astronomy

Astrobiology, third edition

Kevin W. Plaxco, Michael Gross
Jul 2021 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$75.00 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Siddhāntasundara of Jñānarāja

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen
Oct 2014 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$89.95 USD - Hardback
$89.95 USD - Electronic book text

Robots in Space

Roger D. Launius and Howard E. McCurdy
Sep 2012 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Electronic book text
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Astronomy, space & time

Astrobiology, third edition

Kevin W. Plaxco, Michael Gross
Jul 2021 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$75.00 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Siddhāntasundara of Jñānarāja

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen
Oct 2014 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$89.95 USD - Hardback
$89.95 USD - Electronic book text

Robots in Space

Roger D. Launius and Howard E. McCurdy
Sep 2012 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.00 USD - Electronic book text
$28.00 USD - Paperback / softback