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作       者:Professor Brian Cox

出  版  社:William Collins

出版时间:2016-06-30

字       数:39.2万

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Sunday Times Bestseller A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions. ‘What is motion’ ‘Why is every snowflake different’ ‘Why is life symmetrical’ To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the Universe and beyond. From the immensity of the Universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the Universe beyond. Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the Universe. Think you know our planet Think again.
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Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Contents

Chapter 1: SYMMETRY

The Universe in a Snowflake

Why do bees build hexagons?

Knocking on the doors of chemistry

The fundamental building blocks and the forces of Nature

Why is the Earth a sphere?

Why does life come in so many shapes and sizes?

Symmetry and symmetry breaking in biology

The Universe in a snowflake

Chapter 2: MOTION

Somewhere in Spacetime

Life on an orbiting planet

The formation of the Earth and Moon

Life on an orbiting planet

Life on an orbiting, spinning planet

Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity

Somewhere in spacetime

Spacetime calculations

Chapter 3: ELEMENTS

The Moth and the Flame

Chemistry is all about the movement of electrons

Frankenstein’s Monsters

On the Origin of Species

The oldest life on Earth

A warm little pond?

Life, Thermodynamics and Entropy

The Moth and the Flame

A Very Different Eden

Life beyond Earth

Chapter 4: COLOUR

Pale Blue Dot

The rainbow connection

Why does the Sun shine?

The nuclear physics of the Sun

Why do hot things shine?

Why do hot things shine?

A serendipitous aside; the solar neutrino problem

Pale blue green planet

Pale blue green planet

Pale blue green planet

Pale coloured dots

Index

Picture Credits

Acknowledgements

About This Author

About the Publisher

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