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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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

A pretty little thing covering the gamut of magnitudes in the realms of numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time. A good book for brushing up on many facts of science, mostly physics, not to ... Read full review

SPECTRUMS: Our Mindboggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A cheerful, comprehensible and not-too-dumbed-down review of the material universe.Blatner (The Flying Book: Everything You've Ever Wondered About Flying on Airplanes, 2004, etc.) stresses that we ... Read full review



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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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