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Is it just me, or has there been a resurgence of interest in physics-related topics? The film Gravity (which took home the most Oscars of the ceremony), Fox's new show Cosmos, and the Big Bang Theory, a comedy television show centered around two theoretical physicists. In the actual Physics world we have the discovery of a new particle, the Higgs boson, which explains why some fundamental particles have mass (thanks to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, an enormous particle collider; the image on the right is a computer simulation of particle traces from an LHC collision in which a Higgs Boson is produced).  In addition, in the Astronomy world the Mars rover is trekking through Mars as we speak. Given all this excitement in all things related to Physics (such as Astronomy and Cosmology) I can think of no better time to showcase materials the library owns on these exciting topics.


A Brief History of Time : From the Big Bang to Black Holes

by Stephen, Hawking

Stephen Hawking's worldwide bestseller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

The Elegant Universe : Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

by Brian Greene

Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery to reveal a universe of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself.

The Fabric of the Cosmos : Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

by Brian Greene

From Brian Greene, one of the world's leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way. Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science's new and deeper understanding of the universe.

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

by Chad Orzel

With great humor and clarity, Chad Orzel explains to his dog Emmy just what quantum mechanics is and how it works -- and why, although you can't use it to catch squirrels or eat steak, it's still bizarre, amazing, and important to every dog and human. Follow along as Chad and Emmy discuss the central elements of quantum theory, from particles that behave like waves and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to entanglement and virtual particles.

How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog

by Chad Orzel

Chad Orzel and his canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein's physics. Through armchair-and sometimes passenger-seat-conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or the logistics of squirrel-chasing, Orzel translates complex Einsteinian ideas-the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, and of course, E=mc2-into examples simple enough for a dog to understand.


The Elegant Universe

Physicist Brian Greene discusses the historical quest for a grand unified theory in physics which will reconcile quantum physics and general relativity, and considers the possibility that superstring theory may bring an end to that search.

The Fabric of the Cosmos

Using humor, everyday examples and computer animation for the more abstract concepts, author and physicist Brian Greene explains complex theories of the universe and the focus of his research, string theory.


The efforts of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Universe

Tour the surface of Earth's life-giving star. Mars may be the future of humanity - uses data collected from probes and robotic rovers. Scars on the planet's surface and in its fossil record illustrate the threat posed by meteorites, comets, and asteroids that routinely collide with Earth. Two and a half times the size of all the other planets in the solar system combined, and half a billion miles from Earth, Jupiter is a colossal riddle.


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