Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Nov 13, 2012 - Reference - 183 pages
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In Spectrums, David Blatner blends narrative and illustration to illuminate the variety of spectrums that affect our lives every day: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time. There is actually very little in this universe that we can feel, touch, see, hear, or possibly even comprehend. It's not an easy task to stretch the mind to encompass both billions of years and billionths of seconds; the distance to Jupiter and the size of a proton; the tiny waves of visible light and gargantuan but invisible gamma rays; or the freezing point of Helium and the heat generated by the blast of an atom bomb. Exploring these far-reaching spectrums gives us fascinating perspective on our small but not insignificant place in the universe. With easy-to-read, engaging, and insightful observations, illustrated by a wealth of photographs and diagrams, Blatner helps us "grok"-understand intuitively-six spectrums we encounter constantly, making our daily lives richer and more meaningful through greater appreciation of the bizarre and beautiful world in which we live.
  

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Review: Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

User Review  - Rosebud - Goodreads

In some ways this book was beyond my scientific knowledge. However, I enjoyed how the author brought comlex math and science calculations to a more basic level. He did a great job of explaining ... Read full review

Review: Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

This isn't something I would normally have picked up; it was recommended to me by a teen. He was at such a loss to explain it, but so obviously engaged with the ideas, I had to give it a try. And I'm ... Read full review

Contents

Numbers
11
Size
29
Light
61
Sound
83
Heat
107
Time
135
Epilogue
171
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David Blatner is known for his award-winning books, including The Joy of Pi, The Flying Book, and various books on computer science topics, such as InDesign, Quark XPress, and Photoshop. He lectures worldwide on electronic publishing. More than 500,000 copies of his books are in print in twelve languages. He and his wife and son live in Seattle, Washington.

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