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The Edge of Physics: A Journey To Earth’s Extremes to Unlock The Secrets of the Universe

by Anil Ananthaswamy

A personal note from Felina Silver Robinson: I purchased this book a couple of years ago needing something of interest as me and my family ventured out on a 3 1/2 hour journey. Physics may not be of interest to the average reader. For me physics has always been an interest. There are so many unexplained things about all that surrounds us. This book by Anil Ananthaswamy is about his personal journey in pursuit of telescopes and detectors that he is certain will answer all the pressing questions he has about Cosmology. There are a great many things that the naked eye can see. Don’t you ever wonder what we’re missing? If nothing else comes from this book for you other than to have experienced this amazing journey traveling across the world amazed by its untouched, rare and sometimes dangerous beauty, you will have something quite special to hold onto.

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Fight for Life

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500-year-old mummified Incan boy

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Hofburg Palace, Vienna

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‘WTF’ is that junk in space?

A NASA illustration of space junk orbiting Earth.