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Ferguson, Kitty

Overview
Works: 54 works in 242 publications in 14 languages and 10,580 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Juvenile works  History  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Performer
Classifications: QC16.H33, B
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Most widely held works by Kitty Ferguson
Stephen Hawking : an unfettered mind by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Hawking has been an iconic figure in physics for the last half a century, making many groundbreaking discoveries on the nature of the universe. Yet while his mind roams to the farthest corners of reality, his body has become increasingly trappedby the advance of Lou Gehrig's disease, which has bound him to a wheelchair, without speech or movement except for a few facial muscles. Told in his youth that he would not live past his 20s, Hawking will turn 70 in 2012, and today he continues to inspire millions, drawing rock-concert-sized crowds wherever he lectures. Science writer Kitty Ferguson has been working with Stephen Hawking for decades, and produced an internationally bestselling biography of his life in 1992. Now, she brings his life as well as his scientific discoveries up-to-date. This is a remarkable look at how one of the greatest scientific mind alive overcame the odds to become the truly inspirational figure he is today"--
Measuring the universe : our historic quest to chart the horizons of space and time by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A veteran popularizer of science, Ferguson traces how people in western history have attempted to measure space from the ancient Greeks to modern physicists and astronomers. She begins with Eratosthenes' accurate measurement of the circumference of the Earth in the third century BC and progresses to the theories of Stephen Hawking and his contemporaries. Her account is for general readers. She includes a glossary that does not indicate pronunciation
Tycho & Kepler : the unlikely partnership that forever changed our understanding of the heavens by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Czech and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his deathbed in 1601, the greatest naked-eye astronomer, Tycho Brahe, told his young colleague, Johannes Kepler, "Let me not have lived in vain." For more than thirty years, Tycho had made meticulous observations of planetary movements and the positions of the stars, from which he developed his Tychonic system of the universe-a highly original, if incorrect, scheme that attempted to reconcile the ancient belief in an unmoving Earth with Copernicus's revolutionary re-arrangement of the solar system. Tycho knew that Kepler, the brilliant young mathematician he had engaged to interpret his findings, believed in Copernicus's formation, in which all the planets circled the Sun; and he was afraid his system-the product of a lifetime of effort to explain how the universe worked-would be abandoned. In point of fact, it was. From his study of Tycho's observations came Kepler's stunning Three Laws of Planetary Motion-ever since the cornerstone of cosmology and our understanding of the heavens. Yet, as Kitty Ferguson reveals, neither of these giant figures would have his reputation today without the other; and the story of how their lives and talents were fatefully intertwined is one of the most memorable sagas in the long history of science. Set in a turbulent and colorful era in European history, at the turning point when medieval gave way to modern, Tycho & Kepler is both a highly original dual biography and a masterful recreation of how science advances. From Tycho's fabulous Uraniborg Observatory on an island off the Danish coast, to the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolph II, to the religious conflict of the Thirty Years' War that rocked all of Europe, to Kepler's extraordinary leaps of understanding, Ferguson recounts a fascinating interplay of science and religion, politics and personality. Her insights recolor the established personalities of Tycho and Kepler, and her book opens a rich window onto our place in the universe
Prisons of light : black holes by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a black hole? How does it 'work'? Could we survive a visit to one ... perhaps even venture inside? What would we find? Have we yet discovered any real black holes? And what do black holes teach us about the mysteries of our Universe? These are just a few of the tantalizing questions examined in this tour-de-force, jargon-free review of one of the most fascinating topics in modern science. In search of the answers, we trace a star from its birth to its death throes, take a fabulous hypothetical journey to the border of a black hole and beyond, spend time with some of the world's leading theoretical physicists and observational astronomers scanning the cosmos for evidence of real black holes, and take a whimsical look at some of the wild ideas black holes have inspired
The fire in the equations : science, religion, and the search for God by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

36 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859, many have found science and belief in God irreconcilable. Now, in the final decade of the twentieth century, stunning advances in physics, biology, and the new fields of chaos and complexity have brought the conflict to a crucial stage. More and more, scientists have begun to look for a single fundamental law or truth that underlies the beginning of the universe and its continued existence. But can we truly find either God or a scientific theory that will erase once and for all the notion of God?" "This strikingly original book expertly yet clearly encapsulates the various cosmological arguments from science, religion, and philosophy for the nonspecialist. Called "a brilliant intermediary between the thinking of the physicist and the thinking of ordinary people" by a German radio commentator, Kitty Ferguson provides a tour de force review of the modern search for fundamental truth, writing in simple, readable prose and using relevant analogies. The result is a provocative, sometimes mind-bending challenge to reconsider the way we think about ourselves, our origin, and our destiny." "Moving beyond Stephen Hawking's quest (in A Brief History of Time) "to know the mind of God," Ferguson takes us one step nearer the answer to science's ultimate question: What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?"--BOOK JACKET
Stephen Hawking : quest for a theory of the universe by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and French and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life of the British theoretical physicist who has taken the study of cosmology farther than most in his field, despite the need for a wheelchair and computer in order to travel and communicate
The music of Pythagoras : how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code of the universe and lit the path from antiquity to outer space by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the legacy of Pythagoras, the ancient Greek mathematician and mystic who contemplated the order and symmetry behind musical beauty, discussing Platonists, string theory, and Bertrand Russell
Stephen Hawking : his life and work by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"... Twenty years ago, Kitty Ferguson's Stephen Hawking; Quest for a Theory of Everything became a ... bestseller. She now returns to transform that ... book into a ... biography, giving a rich picture of Hawking's childhood, the ... beginning of his struggle with motor neurone disease when he was a first-year graduate student, his ever-increasing international fame, and his long personal battle for survival in pursuit of a scientific understanding of the universe. ..."--Book jacket
Black holes in spacetime by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in German and English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the formation and possible behavior of black holes and why we believe that they exist
Measuring the universe : the historic quest to quantify space by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Finnish and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pythagoras : his lives and the legacy of a rational universe by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Turkish and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insight transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy and the arts. Einstein said that the most incredible thing about our universe was that it was comprehensible at all. As Kitty Ferguson explains in this eye-opening new book, Pythagoras had much the same idea - but 2,500 years earlier. Though many know him only for the so-called Pythagorean theorem, in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition - the belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and t
The nobleman and his housedog : Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler : the strange partnership that revolutionised science by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Hawking his life and work : the story and science of one of the most extraordinary, celebrated, and courageous figures of our time by Kitty Ferguson( Recording )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kitty Ferguson approached Stephen Hawking with the idea of writing a book about him and asked him to help her make certain she understood his theories. He agreed and also gave her material about his life, resulting in this book
Stephen Hawking : zijn leven en werk : het levensverhaal en de wetenschap van een van de markantste, beroemdste en moedigste mensen van onze tijd by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Dutch and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Engelse hoogleraar in de theoretische natuurkunde
Tycho and Kepler : the strange partnership that revolutionised science by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Works of Heinrich Schuetz by Heinrich Schütz( Recording )

3 editions published in 1970 in Latin and German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Hawking his life and work by Kitty Ferguson( Recording )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of one of the most remarkable figures of our time - Professor Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge genius who has earned an international reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. This is not quite a biography; it is more the story of one man's quest to find the 'Theory of Everything'. Stephen Hawking's life and work have produced a multitude of amazing paradoxes: beginnings may be endings, two great scientific theories taken together may seem to give us nonsense, empty space isn't empty, and black holes aren't black. Cruel circumstances can lead to happiness, and fame and success may not. A man whose appearance inspires shock and pity takes us to where the boundaries of space and time ought to be - but are not. Substantially updated with new information drawn from interviews with Professor Hawking regarding his theories and personal life, together with fascinating new photographs from his early life to the present day, this is an insightful and captivating account of an extraordinary life and a brilliant mind
Huo jin yu zui zhong li lun de zhui xun by Kitty Ferguso( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Mass der Unendlichkeit : auf der Suche nach den Grenzen des Universums by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La medida del universo : la histórica búsqueda de maneras para cuantificar el espacio by Kitty Ferguson( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Measuring the universe : our historic quest to chart the horizons of space and time
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Fērgusone, Kitija

Kitty Ferguson American science writer

ファーガスン, キティ

ファーガソン, キティ

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Tycho & Kepler : the unlikely partnership that forever changed our understanding of the heavensPrisons of light : black holesThe fire in the equations : science, religion, and the search for GodStephen Hawking : quest for a theory of the universeThe music of Pythagoras : how an ancient brotherhood cracked the code of the universe and lit the path from antiquity to outer spaceStephen Hawking : his life and workMeasuring the universe : the historic quest to quantify spacePythagoras : his lives and the legacy of a rational universe