Audio Books by Simon Mitton

Simon Mitton is the author of Vera Rubin (2021), From Crust to Core (2020), Heart of Darkness (2015), Fred Hoyle (2011), The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy (1998) and other 42 books.

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Vera Rubin

release date: Feb 11, 2021
Vera Rubin
The first biography of a pioneering scientist who made significant contributions to our understanding of dark matter and championed the advancement of women in science. One of the great lingering mysteries of the universe is dark matter. Scientists are not sure what it is, but most believe it’s out there, and in abundance. The astronomer who finally convinced many of them was Vera Rubin. When Rubin died in 2016, she was regarded as one of the most influential astronomers of her era. Her research on the rotation of spiral galaxies was groundbreaking, and her observations contributed significantly to the confirmation of dark matter, a most notable achievement. In Vera Rubin: A Life, prolific science writers Jacqueline Mitton and Simon Mitton provide a detailed, accessible overview of Rubin’s work, showing how she leveraged immense curiosity, profound intelligence, and novel technologies to help transform our understanding of the cosmos. But Rubin’s impact was not limited to her contributions to scientific knowledge. She also helped to transform scientific practice by promoting the careers of women researchers. Not content to be an inspiration, Rubin was a mentor and a champion. She advocated for hiring women faculty, inviting women speakers to major conferences, and honoring women with awards that were historically the exclusive province of men. Rubin’s papers and correspondence yield vivid insights into her life and work, as she faced down gender discrimination and met the demands of family and research throughout a long and influential career. Deftly written, with both scientific experts and general readers in mind, Vera Rubin is a portrait of a woman with insatiable curiosity about the universe who never stopped asking questions and encouraging other women to do the same.

From Crust to Core

release date: Dec 17, 2020
From Crust to Core
A fascinating historical account of the emergence and development of the new interdisciplinary field of deep carbon science.

Heart of Darkness

release date: May 26, 2015
Heart of Darkness
Humanity's ongoing quest to unlock the secrets of dark matter and dark energy Heart of Darkness describes the incredible saga of humankind's quest to unravel the deepest secrets of the universe. Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components—dark matter and dark energy—comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure and hold the key to the universe's fate. The story of how evidence for the so-called "Lambda-Cold Dark Matter" model of cosmology has been gathered by generations of scientists throughout the world is told here by one of the pioneers of the field, Jeremiah Ostriker, and his coauthor Simon Mitton. From humankind's early attempts to comprehend Earth's place in the solar system, to astronomers' exploration of the Milky Way galaxy and the realm of the nebulae beyond, to the detection of the primordial fluctuations of energy from which all subsequent structure developed, this book explains the physics and the history of how the current model of our universe arose and has passed every test hurled at it by the skeptics. Throughout this rich story, an essential theme is emphasized: how three aspects of rational inquiry—the application of direct measurement and observation, the introduction of mathematical modeling, and the requirement that hypotheses should be testable and verifiable—guide scientific progress and underpin our modern cosmological paradigm. This monumental puzzle is far from complete, however, as scientists confront the mysteries of the ultimate causes of cosmic structure formation and the real nature and origin of dark matter and dark energy.

Fred Hoyle

release date: Feb 24, 2011
Fred Hoyle
The scientific life of Fred Hoyle (1915–2001) was truly unparalleled. During his career he wrote groundbreaking scientific papers and caused bitter disputes in the scientific community with his revolutionary theories. Hoyle is best known for showing that we are all, literally, made of stardust in his paper explaining how carbon, and then all the heavier elements, were created by nuclear reactions inside stars. However, he constantly courted controversy and two years later he followed this with his 'steady state' theory of the universe. This challenged another model of the universe, which Hoyle called the 'big bang' theory. Fred Hoyle was also famous amongst the general public. He popularised his research through radio and television broadcasts and wrote best-selling novels. Written from personal accounts and interviews with Hoyle's contemporaries, this book gives valuable personal insights into Fred Hoyle and his unforgettable life.

The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy

release date: Oct 01, 1998
The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy
A survey of astronomy explains its goals and methods, discusses each planet in the solar system, and describes the life cycle of a star

The Marshall Children's Guide to Astronomy

release date: Jan 01, 1998
The Marshall Children's Guide to Astronomy
Our Universe is full of mystery and excitement. The Marshall Children's Guide to Astronomy provides young readers with the information they need to launch their own mission of discovery. Renowned authors, Dr Jacqueline Mitton and Dr Simon Mitton take the most complex of concepts and explain them in accessible, everyday language. Spectacular photography and illustrations depict such dramatic phenomena as supernovas and exploding galaxies. This stunningly illustrated book begins with the wider picture, looking out at the furthest depths of space and travelling back in time to the origins of the Universe. The reader then learns about galaxies, spectacular supernovas and other amazing space phenomena before discovering out solar system and the way in wich we observe the Universe from our own planet. Budding astronomers will delight in this comprehensive and enlightening guide. It provides hours of pleasure for the young astronomer and accessible information for school projects - an ideal combination of fun and fact.

Conflict in the Cosmos

release date: Mar 11, 2005
Conflict in the Cosmos
Fred Hoyle's prolific career spanned more than 60 years. During that time, he made major contributions in fundamental areas of astronomy. His most important work focused on the evolution of stars, the origin of the chemical elements, the nature of gravitational forces, and the origin of life on Earth. But he is perhaps best remembered for his rare talent as a science communicator. He hosted one of the first radio programs that focused on science and then moved his show to the new medium of television, making him a household name long before such science luminaries as Patrick Moore or Carl Sagan rose to prominence. A man of ceaseless intellectual activity, Hoyle pushed the boundaries of our knowledge by being both right and wrong. When he was right, his contributions were of Nobel Laureate quality. Indeed, even when he was wrong, he stimulated his exasperated opponents to work that much more furiously to produce damning evidence against him, thus yielding additional discoveries and leading to more knowledge on a topic. Simon Mitton's sensitive biography tells the story of Hoyle’s life as well as his science. Structuring each chapter around an intellectual puzzle, the science is framed within the context of the knowledge available to Hoyle at the time. Drawing on his personal knowledge of Fred Hoyle, Mitton vividly recreates the many public clashes between Hoyle and his critics, and at the same time he clearly explains the science underlying the conflict.

Daytime Star

release date: Jan 01, 1983
Daytime Star
Describes the structure, workings, and life span of our sun and explains the techniques astronomers are using to study it

The Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space

release date: Jan 01, 1999
The Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space
Discusses the many aspects of space, including the origin and nature of the universe, space travel, the solar system, and methods of observing the night sky.

The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula
Vividly describes the creation of the Crab Nebula as it explains supernova explosions, the physics of pulsars, the structure and property of nebulae, and the relation of the Crab to other supernova remnants

From Core to Crust

release date: Mar 01, 2021
From Core to Crust
"Carbon plays a fundamental role on Earth. It forms the chemical backbone for all essential organic molecules produced by living organisms. Carbonbased fuels supply most of society's energy, and atmospheric carbon dioxide has a huge impact on Earth's climate. This book provides a complete history of the emergence and development of the new interdisciplinary field of deep carbon science. It traces four centuries of history during which the inner workings of the dynamic Earth were discovered, and documents extraordinary scientific revolutions that changed our understanding of carbon on Earth forever: carbon's origin in exploding stars; the discovery of the internal heat source driving the Earth's carbon cycle; and the tectonic revolution. Written with an engaging narrative style and covering the scientific endeavours of more than a hundred pioneers of deep geoscience, this is a fascinating book for students and researchers working in Earth system science and deep carbon research"--

Invitation to Astronomy

release date: Jan 01, 1986
Invitation to Astronomy
A description of the science of astronomy, the tools of the trade, and recent discoveries in the field.
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