Cosmic Adventure: Other Secrets Beyond the Night Sky by Bob Berman

By Bob Berman

Have you questioned what occurred sooner than the massive Bang, or how we might colonize Mars, or what an alien invasion may well fairly be like? Astronomer Bob Berman has, and in Cosmic experience, a set of twenty-six profound to outrageous essays, he's taking readers on a mind-bending travel of the universe, together with our personal planet Earth. From the main outstanding cosmic phenomena to the fundamentals of the wildlife, Berman demanding situations us to examine the evidence, discoveries, suggestions, and striking wonders of our cosmos in a brand new mild. Written in unique, jargon-free language that even a beginner stargazer will comprehend, Cosmic event is a fun-packed, thought-provoking exploration of the secrets and techniques past the evening sky.Bob Berman takes you on a stellar trip during this choice of twenty-five essays that reveal a full of life mixture of technology, miraculous proof, own anecdotes, and sheer playfulness. advanced, mind-stretching medical subject matters turn into comprehensible in human phrases as Berman hyperlinks astronomy to our lives. He explores unusual new mysteries raised via fresh discoveries, and covers components that haven't been mentioned at any place else ahead of. From the "night terrors" that experience haunted humankind considering that time immemorial to the penniless eccentric who sleeps contained in the innovative telescope he designed, Berman's scope levels a long way and wide.

Cosmic experience explains facets of the actual global that experience frequently piqued our interest. Who will get to call the celebrities? What could an alien invasion fairly be like? What's the interior tale in the back of house application mess ups? Why was once the early Hubble goof avoidable? What's the one unique notion in contemporary technological know-how? Why does time not likely exist in any respect?

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Julius Caesar) The Great Ocean of Truth 29 What does astrology have to do with astronomy? A relative handful of American newspapers carry a stargazer’s chart every day. With it, you can go outside on a clear night and watch the heavens as they wheel around the Earth. But for most people, this astronomical helper is as foreign, or arcane, as the pork-belly and soybean futures tables published in the business section. At the same time, far more newspapers and magazines carry another type of star chart every day, one that is carefully followed by millions of readers—the daily horoscope—found under names such as “Love Signs” or “Sun Signs,” which have made famed astrologers, including Linda Goodman and Jean Dixon very wealthy people.

Astrologers demonstrate this influence by means of a chart called a horoscope (from ancient Greek for “hour” and “observer”), which shows the positions of the planets in relation to both Earth and stars at a certain time. When seeking actual evidence of planetary influence, proponents of astrology point to the fact that the Sun and Moon do influence the tides on Earth. They argue that if that is true, why can’t they influence human life as well, since water is so crucial to life, and humans are largely composed of water.

While they were grounded in the hard figures of mathematics, the Pythagoreans combined their reason with mysticism. Chief among their “mystical” notions was that the sphere—and a circle—was a perfect shape because every point on its surface was equidistant from the center. The long-standing influence of this idea was the notion that the planets and other heavenly bodies moved in “perfect” circles around the Earth, which, Pythagoras reasoned, was also a sphere. This mystic mathematician’s recognition that Earth is a sphere—some two thousand years before Columbus and Magellan sailed—was an argument that might have been lost except for the fact that the famed Aristotle later borrowed it.

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