The Fabric of the Cosmos; Brian Greene

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene explorers the nature of space and time and how the structure of the universe is tied into these two interwoven concepts. Topics range from the latest developments in superstring and M theory, to time travel and quantum teleportation; from Newton’s ideas of a clockwork universe through Einstein’s theories of general relativity to quantum mechanics and the arrow of time.

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Ark; Stephen Baxter

An epic tale of mankind’s destruction due to rising sea levels. The hope of survival is put in the hands of an ambitious project Ark which intends to send just a small number of survivors to a new home planet (Earth 2). The book is of course fiction, but the author includes reference material in appendices based on real theoretical ideas, such as exosolar planets, interstellar travel, generation ships. He also provides a narrative in the qualities needed, and the science and practicalities of space travel by human explorers.

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Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science; Jim Al-Khalili

Paradox: The Nine Greatest Engimas in Science by Jim Al-Khalili is a collection of his favourite puzzles and conundrums in science from Einstein’s theories about space and time, to the latest ideas of how the quantum world works. Some of the “perceived paradoxes”  may be familiar, such as Schrödinger’s famous cat, which is seemingly alive and dead at the same time; or the Grandfather Paradox – if you travelled back in time and killed your grandfather you would not have been born and would not therefore have killed your grandfather. Other paradoxes will be new to you, but no less bizarre and fascinating.

 

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