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Parker, Barry R.

Overview
Works: 54 works in 225 publications in 5 languages and 14,784 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Popular works  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QC16.E5, 530.142
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Most widely held works about Barry R Parker
 
Most widely held works by Barry R Parker
Einstein's dream : the search for a unified theory of the universe by Barry R Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the discoveries of modern physics and the mysteries still faced in the search for a unified theory of the universe
Chaos in the cosmos : the stunning complexity of the universe by Barry R Parker( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As this remarkable book shows, we live in a universe beset with chaos. Highly acclaimed popular science writer Barry Parker shows - for the first time in a popular work - the amazing impact chaos theory is having on our understanding of the cosmos. Through vivid metaphors and imagery, Parker indoctrinates the reader into the fantastic realm of chaos theory, from the exquisitely detailed structure of fractals to strange attractors to stretching and folding space. He interviews the world's premier astronomers to discuss firsthand the challenge of applying these powerful concepts to the most intriguing paradoxes in astronomy; the workings of chaos in the bizarre tumbling orbit of one of Saturn's moons, the swirling migration of the great red spot of Jupiter, the explosive mechanics of pulsating stars, and the intricate dance of stars orbiting black holes. He also explains the exciting cutting-edge technology scientists employ as they learn - via computer images - to model accurately the movements of planets, suns, and even superclusters of galaxies millions of years into the past and future to explore the role of chaos in the mysterious genesis and fate of the universe. This burgeoning new science, like all brilliant theories, raises nearly as many questions as it answers. Is the universe a puzzle we will one day be able to solve? Chaos theory reminds us that unpredictability goes part and parcel with our dynamic universe. It also offers testimony to the elegantly complex structure of the universe. As Parker eloquently shows, this remarkable science, though still in its infancy, is destined to rank among the most potent and compelling forces that will shape the future of astronomy
The Isaac Newton school of driving : physics and your car by Barry R Parker( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Chinese and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For some people, driving is an art, for others, it's a science. At the Isaac Newton School of Driving, though, every car is a laboratory on wheels and every drive an exciting journey into the world of physics. This books is based on Parker's classroom discussions at Idaho State U. where he discovered a winning teaching formula combining physics with automotive examples. This book describes nearly every aspect of physics as they related to cars; from basic mechanics including velocity, acceleration, momentum, and torque, to more advanced concepts including heat transfer and efficiency, electricity and magnetism, and aerodynamics
Creation : the story of the origin and evolution of the universe by Barry R Parker( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I remember once watching a presentation of the creation of the universe in a planetarium. It was a fascinating experience: lights flashing, particles appearing to rush by as an explosive roar echoed throughout the planetarium. Then suddenly ... black ness. And after a few seconds ... tiny lights--stars blinking into existence. I tried to imagine myself actually going back to this event. Was this really what it was like? It was an interesting facsimile, but far from what the real thing would have been like. The creation of the universe is an event that is impossible to imagine accurately. Fortunately, this has not discouraged peo ple from wondering what it was like. In Creation I have attempted to take you back to the begin ning-the big bang explosion-so that you can watch the uni verse grow and evolve. Starting with the first fraction of a sec ond, I trace the universe from its initial dramatic expansion through to the formation of the first nuclei and atoms. From here I go to the formation of galaxies and the curious distribu tion they have taken in space. Finally I talk about the formation of elements in stars, and the first life on the planets around them
Einstein's brainchild : relativity made relatively easy! by Barry R Parker( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the meanings and origins of Albert Einstein's scientific theories
The vindication of the big bang : breakthroughs and barriers by Barry R Parker( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic time travel : a scientific odyssey by Barry R Parker( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the latest scientific developments in the field of space and time travel
Einstein : the passions of a scientist by Barry R Parker( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although Einstein is celebrated as one of the most gifted scientific minds of the twentieth century for his tremendous contributions to our understanding of the world around us, little is known about the private life behind his legendary persona. How did Einstein spend his life when not engaged in scientific pursuits? What were his interests? What in Einstein's background and everyday life inspired his development as a scientist and as a person? In this unique contribution to the Einstein literature, Barry Parker draws on the great scientist's letters and personal papers to explore the intellectual and emotional drives that motivated both his work and his life."--Jacket
Search for a supertheory : from atoms to superstrings by Barry R Parker( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colliding galaxies : the universe in turmoil by Barry R Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and German and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I remember sitting spellbound, watching the movie When Worlds Collide. Two planets hurled through space toward Earth while scientists and engineers frantically raced to complete a rocket ship that would take them to safety. In the final moments the spaceship lifted off as the occupants watched the Earth bulge, crack, then literally explode as one of the planets struck it. As I left the theater I wondered if it was really possible for another world to collide with Earth. Later I learned that while many catastrophic collisions no doubt occurred early in the his tory of the solar system, today they are exceedingly rare. I was relieved, but in another sense I was disappointed (not that I hoped a collision of this type would actually occur). A collision of two objects in space, say, two stars, I was sure would be a spectacular event. It is quite unlikely, however, that we will ever witness the collision of two stars. The event is just too rare. But collisions of systems of stars-galaxies-oddly enough, are relatively com mon. In fact, we see evidence of several in the sky right now
Alien life : the search for extraterrestrials and beyond by Barry R Parker( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pointing up to the heavens, today's cutting-edge radio telescopes scan the cosmos for any signal that may indicate alien life, as tantalizing prospects lead us further along our quest. Already we may have found microbes in meteorites from Mars. As Parker points out, three of Jupiter's moons are now known to contain ice and liquid water - leading some scientists to believe that perhaps under this ice lie hidden areas teeming with aquatic life. After discovering planets outside our solar system, astronomers believe that other "suns" may exist capable of supporting planets that harbor alien life-forms. Beyond making contact, Parker stresses that disaster surely awaits us on Earth as its ever-growing population depletes our planet's natural resources. He delineates the plans to mine treasures in space, generate power on distant bodies, and establish thriving communities in space."--BOOK JACKET. "We can control our alien searches in space, but what if they find us first? Have we already been visited? Have humanoid creatures with large black eyes actually hovered over our towns? How do we account for eyewitness reports of bizarre glowing lights, "scorched" patterns on crop fields, and alleged abductions? Parker investigates the truth surrounding these visits and discusses the UFO phenomenon."--Jacket
Good vibrations : the physics of music by Barry R Parker( Book )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barry Parker's tour of the physics of music details the science of how instruments, the acoustics of rooms, electronics, and humans create and alter the varied sounds we hear. Using physics, he discusses the history of music, how sounds are made and perceived, and the various effects of acting on sounds. He demonstrates what acoustics can teach us about quantum theory and explains the relationship between harmonies and the theory of waves.--Book jacket
Albert Einstein's vision : remarkable discoveries that shaped modern science by Barry R Parker( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly everyone has heard of Einstein's theory of relativity, but few people know of this gifted scientist's contribution to other areas of science, including the possibility of time travel. His insights into the workings of nature were phenomenal. In fact, there are few areas of science that have not been impacted by Einstein's ability to see what others did not. This is all the more amazing since Einstein worked half a century ago, without the benefit of modern technology. Does Einstein's vision continue to shape science today? And, if so, how will it continue to shape it in the future? Acclaimed science writer Barry Parker completes his trilogy on Albert Einstein with Albert Einstein's Vision, which shows the incredibly wide-ranging influence of Einstein's many discoveries. In the first volume, Einstein's Brainchild, Parker focused on relativity. In the second volume, Einstein: The Passions of a Scientist, the great man's human side and his diverse interests beyond science were Parker's main topic. Now the author turns once again to Einstein as creative scientist, concentrating on his prolific output of far-reaching contributions that complement and broaden his discovery of relativity. Moreover, Parker provides an indelible portrait of the man behind the theories. In clear and eloquent language, acclaimed science writer Barry Parker helps us appreciate the breadth and richness of Einstein's vision: from Einstein's theories supporting time travel, to his research on curved space, the cosmological constant, black holes, quantum theory, and beyond. Parker also discusses Einstein's reluctant connection with atomic weapons, his pacifist philosophy, his quest for the elusive unified field theory, and the relationship of his work to the recent "hot" area of superstrings. In clear and eloquent language, Parker helps us appreciate the breadth and richness of Einstein's vision, discussing the renowned scientist's lesser-known contributions, from Einstein's theories supporting time travel, to his research on curved space, the cosmological constant, black holes, wormholes, gravity waves, and cosmic lenses, to quantum theory, and beyond. Parker also discusses Einstein's reluctant connection with atomic weapons, his pacifist philosophy, his quest for the elusive unified field theory that occupied thirty years of his life, and the relationship of his work to the recent "hot" area of superstrings. Even readers already familiar with Einstein's work will discover a wealth of new material in this contribution to the Einstein literature. Parker's gift for turning complex physics into lucid prose has produced the most complete and accessible volume to elucidate for everyone the magnificent contributions of the most brilliant of scientists
Death rays, jet packs, stunts & supercars : the fantastic physics of film's most celebrated secret agent by Barry R Parker( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Bond would have died a thousand deaths if not for Q, the genius behind the pen grenades and weaponized sports cars that have helped Britain's most famous secret agent cheat death in twenty films. Here Barry Parker demonstrates how science and technology have been as important to 007 as good looks, shaken martinis, and beautiful women." "Using sketches and nontechnical language, Parker explains the basic physics behind the gadgets, cars, and stunts in a number of Bond films, from the jet packs in Thunderball to the dynamics of daredevil bungee jumping in GoldenEye." "If you've ever wondered whether the laser could have actually cut Bond in half (Goldfinger), if a wristwatch could really unzip a woman's dress (Live and Let Die), or whether your car could do the 360-degree barrel roll from The Man with the Golden Gun, this book is for you."--Jacket
Quantum legacy : the discovery that changed our universe by Barry R Parker( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quantum Legacy is the story of the physicists who made the quantum leaps that have so altered our world. And there is no better person to describe the history of this quantum revolution in terms that everyone can understand than award-winning science writer and physicist Barry Parker."--Jacket
Invisible matter and the fate of the universe by Barry R Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and Japanese and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New and differing theories unravel one of the most intriguing mysteries to confront modern science
The physics of war : from arrows to atoms by Barry R Parker( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how principles of modern physics have been used for warfare through the ages. His topics include the basic physics of early weapons, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the early English-French wars, how the discovery of gunpowder and cannons changed the art of war and the world, the impact of the industrial revolution, ballistics of rifle bullets and cannon shells, aerodynamics and the first airplanes, the machine gun in World War I, the development and use of radio and radar in war, and the atomic bomb. --Publisher's description
The mystery of gravity by Barry R Parker( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defines gravity and discusses how our knowledge of the natural force has broadened and evolved
Concepts of the cosmos : an introduction to astronomy by Barry R Parker( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einstein : pasiones de un científico by Barry R Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Einstein's dream : the search for a unified theory of the universe
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Parker, Barry.

Parker, Barry 1935-

Parker, Barry 1935, 13 abr.-

Parker, Barry 1935 Apr. 13-

Parker, Barry 1935 April 13-

Parker, Barry R.

Parker, Barry R., 1935, 13 abr.-

Parker, Barry Richard 1935-

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Chaos in the cosmos : the stunning complexity of the universeThe Isaac Newton school of driving : physics and your carCreation : the story of the origin and evolution of the universeEinstein's brainchild : relativity made relatively easy!The vindication of the big bang : breakthroughs and barriersCosmic time travel : a scientific odysseyEinstein : the passions of a scientistColliding galaxies : the universe in turmoil