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On the Edge of Infinity: Encounters with the Beauty of the Universe
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Stefan Klein
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On the Edge of Infinity: Encounters with the Beauty of the Universe

Stefan Klein



Mathematics & Sciences;
Astronomy, space & time;
Atomic & molecular physics;
Space science;
Popular astronomy & space


240 pages

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Germany's best-selling science author takes everyday objects and events and weaves them into the sublime fabric of the universe in this highly accessible and beautifully written smart-thinking book.

    * How a rose blossom can demonstrate that nothing and nobody exists on their own.
    * How a hurricane can reveal the world's unpredictability.
    * How the exploits of burglars in New York and London can demonstrate how everything can be in two places at once.
    * How a DIY accident can prompt debate on whether the void can exist.
    * How a greying beard might demonstrate the irreversibility of time.

Award-winning, bestselling German science author Stefan Klein employs stories about simple everyday items or occurrences as analogies to illuminate counterintuitive realities behind the visible world, revealing the astonishing beauty of the universe.

This book transforms a simple everyday thing such as a rose blossom, or a day of stormy weather, into a key to understanding the most complex ideas and theories in 21st century physics. Through clever use of analogy, Klein renders the complexities and intricacies of physics accessible to a reader with no previous knowledge of the subject. In doing so, he demonstrates that scientific progress is as much, if not more, about the unanswered questions, the dark corners, as it is about what we have discovered; our knowledge constitutes merely 'an island in an ocean of ignorance'.

A thought-provoking and original way in to the most intriguing scientific theories and ideas, designed to be accessible to anyone who has ever been curious about the workings of our universe.

By:   Stefan Klein
Imprint:   Octopus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 119mm,  Width: 198mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9781788400602
ISBN 10:   1788400607
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stefan Klein studied physics and analytical philosophy in Munich, Grenoble and Freiburg, and conducted research in the field of theoretical biophysics. He turned to writing because he 'wanted to inspire people with a reality that is more exciting than any crime novel'. His book The Science of Happiness (2002) topped all the German bestseller lists. His most recent bestseller, Traume: Eine Reise in unsere innere Wirklichkeit, received the prestigious Deutsche Lesepreis 2016.

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