Strange Universe by Bob Berman
The Weird and Wild Science of Everyday Life--on Earth and Beyond

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An illuminating and entertaining scientific exploration of everyday oddities

Bob Berman's Strange Universe is a unique guidebook to some of the more bizarre moments in astronomy and astonishingly true facts about the world around us. Berman is motivated by a straightforward philosophy: everyone can understand science. He feels passionately that basic realities of our existence are truly marvelous, and it only takes a little bit of science to appreciate them.

Geared to the nonscientist, Berman's original essays are filled with the trademark wit and cleverness that has earned him acclaim over many years in his columns for Astronomy and Discover magazines. He emphasizes curiosities of the natural world to which everyone can relate, and dishes on the little-known secrets about space and some of science's biggest blunders (including a very embarrassing moment from Buzz Aldrin's trip to the moon).

Fascinating to anyone interested in the wonders of our world and the cosmos beyond, Strange Universe will make you smile and think.
 

About Bob Berman

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Bob Berman writes the Strange Universe column in Astronomy magazine. His previous titles on astronomy include Cosmic Adventure: A Renegade Astronomer's Guide to Our World and Beyond and Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See with the Naked Eye . He lives near Woodstock, New York.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Times Books. 224 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Phenomena junkies will of course be grateful for being teased into finding out why trees cast blue shadows on snow, but not all will stay in tow as the author duels in an edited transcript with an unnamed cosmologist on why black holes simply “can’t be created in our reality.” The author’s enthus...

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