WorldCat Identities

Gribbin, John 1946-

Works: 745 works in 3,040 publications in 12 languages and 72,720 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Popular works  Juvenile works  Dictionaries  Literature  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, wpr, htt, Illustrator, Creator, Other, led, Redactor
Classifications: QC16.H33, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Gribbin
Stephen Hawking : a life in science by Michael White( Book )

80 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 3,997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of physicist Stephen Hawking interweaving the events of his life with concise explanations of his theories
White holes : cosmic gushers in the universe by John Gribbin( )

38 editions published between 1977 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

White Holes: Cosmic Gushers in the Universe is the original exposition of forces which led to the Big Bang. John Gribbin makes his living as a science writer. Best known for In Search of Schrodinger's Cat and his reference books Companion to the Cosmos and Q is for Quantum - he also writes science fiction based on fact
The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors by John Gribbin( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2019 in English and held by 1,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. Gribbin begins with Copernicus, during the Renaissance, when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world, and continues through the centuries, creating an unbroken genealogy of not only the greatest but also the more obscure names of Western science, a dot-to-dot line linking amateur to genius, and accidental discovery to brilliant deduction
In search of Schrödinger's cat : quantum physics and reality by John Gribbin( Book )

59 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An astrophysicist offers an introduction to the theoretical principles, practical applications, and far-reaching implications of quantum physics and quantum mechanics
Time & space by John Gribbin( Book )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 8 languages and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and full-color photographs and 3-D models present information about time and space
13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everything by John Gribbin( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Hungarian and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin--one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty years--presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the Universe, and everything. With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how--despite skepticism among many physicists--these two great theories are very compatible, and point to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years."--Publisher's website
Almost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everything by John Gribbin( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to science that offers easy-to-understand explanations on many of the basic principles of science, including the structure of an atom, the origins of man, the birth of the universe, and other related topics
Einstein : a life in science by Michael White( Book )

37 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and Polish and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the modern world, Albert Einstein is the archetypal scientist. His name is synonymous with genius, his image is instantly recognized, and his life's work is universally acknowledged as the bedrock of contemporary physics. In this absorbing book by the authors of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, Einstein's life and work are recounted in an unprecedentedly accessible way. Although his most important work dates from 1905, the figure of Einstein still towers over the twentieth century. The one equation everyone knows is E=mc[superscript 2], but most of us could not explain what it means. The man to explain it is John Gribbin, a masterful science writer, who elucidates the special and general theories of relativity, as well as electromagnetism, space-time, and other mysteries. Along with lucid descriptions of Einstein's milestone contributions, Gribbin recounts his debates with fellow scientists and the failures that shadowed his later scientific life. Einstein was also a political activist, violin player, and family man. The twists and turnings of his life, so closely linked to the turbulent history of the era, are nimbly charted by Michael White. The questions White tackles are personal ones: What became of Einstein's illegitimate child? Did his first wife, Mileva, contribute to the early, groundbreaking work? We learn of Einstein's possible schizophrenia early in life, his two marriages, his friendships with such figures as Franz Kafka and Bertrand Russell, and the search for security and sanctuary that led him from one country to another in Europe, and then from Nazi Germany to his tenure as a "scientific saint" in America. White portrays Einstein as a man brimming with paradoxes - a pacifist who advocated the creation of an atomic weapons program, a man who hated regimentation but who was beguiled by the strict beauty of mathematics, an atheist and a dedicated Zionist, a figure revered by the world yet kept under surveillance by the FBI. Einstein is an example of biography at its best - a truly exceptional portrait of a man who was not only an intellectual giant but who also possessed an instinctive morality that demanded he try his utmost to make the world a better place
The birth of time : how astronomers measured the age of the universe by John R Gribbin( Book )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gribbin takes us through the history of cosmological discoveries, focusing in particular on the seventy years since the Big Bang model of the origin of the universe. He explains how conflicting views of the age of the universe and stars converged in the 1990s because scientists (including Gribbin) were able to use data from the Hubble Space Telescope that measured distances across the universe."--Jacket
Genesis : the origins of man and the universe by John Gribbin( Book )

30 editions published between 1981 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genesis is history on its grandest scale, a brilliantly conceived and achieved chronicle of the evolution of man and the cosmos that adds new and provocative dimensions to our understanding of ourselves and our role in the Universe
Hothouse earth : the greenhouse effect and gaia by John Gribbin( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines global warming as a result of human activities against a background of natural climatic processes
Q is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physics by John R Gribbin( Book )

40 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Gribbin has collected the answer to everything you need to know about the quantum world - the place where most of the greatest scientific advances of the twentieth century have been made. This reference begins with a thorough introduction setting out the current state of knowledge in particle physics. Gribbin blends articles on the structure of particles and their interactions, accounts of the theoretical breakthroughs in quantum mechanics and their practical applications, and entertaining biographies of the scientists who have blazed the trail of discovery. In a special section, "Timelines," key dates in our quest to understand the quantum world are mapped out alongside landmarks in world history and the history of science. Q is for Quantum is an essential companion for anyone interested in particle physics."--Jacket
Stardust : supernovae and life-- the cosmic connection by John Gribbin( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the relationship between the universe and the Earth and presenting a history of the scientific study of astronomy, the authors discuss the idea that "we are made of stardust--and so is all life as we know it."--Jacket
The hole in the sky : man's threat to the ozone layer by John Gribbin( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and Dutch and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reports on the threats to the ozone layer as confirmed in the findings of the National Airborne Ozone Expedition (NOZE) in Antarctica in 1986. Discusses past and present experiments and studies on the ozone layer, including ways and means to present further damage
The matter myth : dramatic discoveries that challenge our understanding of physical reality by P. C. W Davies( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this sweeping survey, acclaimed science writers Paul Davies and John Gribbin provide a complete overview of the latest developments in physics which have revolutionized modern science. From the weird world of quarks and the theory of relativity to the latest ideas about the birth of the cosmos, the authors find evidence for a massive paradigm shift. New developments in the studies of black holes, cosmic strings, solitons, and chaos theory now challenge commonsense concepts of space, time, and matter, and demand a radically altered and more fully unified worldview of the universe. Here is a truly fascinating advance glimpse at 21st-century science."--Back cover
Richard Feynman : a life in science by John R Gribbin( Book )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his entry into the project to develop the atomic bomb, we watch him flower in the company of scientific greats, even as he pursued the epochal investigations into quantum electrodynamics that would win him the Nobel Prize. This landmark study of how electricity and magnetism work was but the first achievement in a career that reached into varied areas of physics and resulted in remarkable discoveries
Schrödinger's kittens and the search for reality : solving the quantum mysteries by John R Gribbin( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astrophysicist Gribbin's In Search of Schrödinger's Cat presented the quantum's many riddles to the general public. Now he returns with Schrödinger's "kittens," the offspring of his famously indeterminate cat, in which he presents exciting new evidence about the nature of light that pulls together quantum theory and relativity theory into a coherent explanation of reality. As a way of visualizing the many perplexing paradoxes of the new view of reality, Gribbin carries them to opposite ends of the universe, where their fate is determined by signals that travel faster than light and backwards in time. Elsewhere in the quantum world there are photons capable of being in two places at the same time. The practical applications of all this are equally astounding, including the serious possibility that quantum theory could eventually be used to develop a Star Trek-style teleportation machine, and how it has already found applications in uncrackable codes.--From publisher description
Darwin : a life in science by Michael White( Book )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Charles Darwin and how he was drawn into the research that resulted in the publication of his theory of evolution, an event that inspired a controversy that lives on today
Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique by John Gribbin( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The acclaimed author of In Search of Schrèodinger's Cat searches for life on other planetsAre we alone in the universe? Surely amidst the immensity of the cosmos there must be other intelligent life out there. Don't be so sure, says John Gribbin, one of today's best popular science writers. In this fascinating and intriguing new book, Gribbin argues that the very existence of intelligent life anywhere in the cosmos is, from an astrophysicist's point of view, a miracle. So why is there life on Earth and (seemingly) nowhere else? What happened to make this planet special? Taking us back some 600 million years, Gribbin lets you experience the series of unique cosmic events that were responsible for our unique form of life within the Milky Way Galaxy. Written by one of our foremost popular science writers, author of the bestselling In Search of Schrèodinger's Cat offers a bold answer to the eternal question, "Are we alone in the universe?" Explores how the impact of a "supercomet" with Venus 600 million years ago created our moon, and along with it, the perfect conditions for life on Earth from one of our most talented science writers, this book is a daring, fascinating exploration into the dawning of the universe, cosmic collisions and their consequences, and the uniqueness of life on Earth"--
In search of the big bang : quantum physics and cosmology by John Gribbin( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  General Special  
Audience level: 0.24 (from 0.14 for Time & spa ... to 0.94 for Something ...)

The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors
The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventorsIn search of Schrödinger's cat : quantum physics and realityTime & space13.8 : the quest to find the true age of the universe and the theory of everythingAlmost everyone's guide to science : the universe, life, and everythingEinstein : a life in scienceThe birth of time : how astronomers measured the age of the universeQ is for quantum : an encyclopedia of particle physics
Alternative Names
Gribbin, Dž.

Gribbin John

Gribbin, John 1946-

Gribbin, John i Mary

Gribbin, John i Mary (1946- )

Gribbin, John R.

Gribbin, John R. 1946-

Gribbin, Jonathan 1946-

Gribin, Džon

Grībīn, Jân va Merī

John Gribbin britischer Astrophysiker und Wissenschaftsautor

John Gribbin Brits natuurkundige

John Gribbin saggista britannico

Ko-lieh-pin, Yüeh-han 1946-

Τζον Γκρίμπιν

Гриббин Дж.

Гриббин, Джон

Гриббин, Джон, 1946-

ג'ון גריבין

ג'ון גריבין סופר בריטי

جان قریبین

جان گریبین

جربين، جون

جريبين، جون، 1946-

جريبيين، جون، 1946-

جون جربين

جون جريبن، 1946-

جون جريبين

جون غريبين

غريبين، جون، 1946-

그리븐, 존 1946-

그리빈, 존 1946-

그리빈, 존 R. 1946-

존 그리빈

グリビン, J

グリビン, ジョン

グリビン, ジョン 1946-