Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

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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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"I love this book! The writing and imagery are beautiful, as is the layout. Blatner is a witty and awesome tour guide to areas beyond our perceptual horizon, from speeds at which hummingbirds fly, to cell phone ring tones too high for adults to hear, to mountains taller than Everest but which begin underwater. This is an indispensable manual if we want to grok--deeply understand--our world."
--Robert P. Crease, Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University, and author of World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement
 
"This thoroughly researched book will engage all readers, from curious twelve-year olds to every adult who delights in learning something new. Blatner stretches our imaginations inward toward the infinitesimal and outward toward the infinite--with lots of engaging examples, comparisons, and metaphors. Read it with wonder and awe!"
--Nils Nilsson, Stanford University Kumagai Professor of Engineering (Emeritus), Department of Computer Science

"Spectrums is an eye-opening perspective shift that inspires a richer appreciation of the world around us. The scientist and the faithful will both find awe in these pages."
--Rev. Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution

About the Author:

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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