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June 6, 2003

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The Cosmos

Compiled by Sanyat Sattar

For the common folks astrology has always been a mystery. There are plenty of exaggerated stories in circulation about this universe and cosmos. Never the less, scientists are trying their best to find out the truth.

The Extravagant Universe



Robert P. Krishner
Princeton University Press; September 2002

Here, one of the world's leading astronomers tells the story of unlocking an astonishing cosmic secret. Supernova expert Robert Kirshner brings readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand.
This is a wonderful book on one of the hottest topics in science. It presents a history of modern cosmology written in a very lively style with amusing personal stories that make the reading easy and entertaining.



Carl Sagan
Random House; May, 2002

This visually stunning book with over 250 full-colour illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan's popular thirteen-part television series “The Cosmos”. Told with Sagan's remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting, the book is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together.
The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery to the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds. For science fans, this book is a must read.

What Remains to Be Discovered


John Maddox
Touchstone Books; November 1999

As the editor of “Nature”, one of the world's premiere scientific journals, for nearly a quarter century, Maddox is uniquely positioned to reflect on the nature of science, both its successes and challenges.
What Remains to "Be Discovered" are details of the past, present, and possible future of science in three sections: "Matter," "Life," and "Our World." The author's broad, multidisciplinary grasp of science is apparent as he guides us effortlessly through the work of scientists from ancient times to the present. Having first shown us an up-to-date map of scientific knowledge, he then emphasises the large blank spaces still remaining and suggests where explorers might best continue their efforts.


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