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Scharf, Caleb A. 1968-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 105 publications in 7 languages and 3,871 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Pictorial works  Documentary television programs  Science television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Illustrated works  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: QB843.B55, 523.1
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Caleb A Scharf
Gravity's engines : how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offering a sweeping tour of fantastic physics and cosmic history, Gravity's Engines provides a view of the most fearsome places in the universe, and finally asks what it will take to see the event horizon of a black hole"--
The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican principle. Though the concept of "the universe" suggests the containment of everything, the latest ideas in cosmology hint that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others--a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating. As Scharf argues, when Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle has never been entirely true--we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances. To solve this conundrum we must put aside our Copernican worldview and embrace the possibility that we are in a delicate balance between mediocrity and significance, order and chaos. Weaving together cutting-edge science and classic storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, The Copernicus Complex presents a compelling argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way forward for the ultimate quest: to determine life's abundance not just across this universe but across all realities"--
The zoomable universe : an epic tour through cosmic scale, from almost everything to nearly nothing by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and Japanese and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and artist Ron Miller take us on an epic tour through all known scales of reality, from the largest possible magnitude to the smallest. Drawing on cutting-edge science, they begin at the limits of the observable universe, a scale spanning 10^27 meters -- about 93 billion light-years. And they end in the subatomic realm, at 10^-35 meters, where the fabric of space-time itself confounds all known rules of physics. In between are galaxies, stars and planets, oceans and continents, plants and animals, microorganisms, atoms, and much, much more
Extrasolar planets and astrobiology by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work offers an advanced introduction to the increasingly robust fields of extrasolar planets and astrobiology. The text is firmly grounded in mathematics and physics and also covers the key issues regarding chemistry, biology and geophysics
Death dive to Saturn( Visual )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over a decade, NASA's Cassini space probe has been transmitting images of Saturn's rings and moons. This program presents Cassini's observations of Saturn's surface and chronicles the probe's final hours as it enters the planet's atmosphere
The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

6 editions published in 2021 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Your information has a life of its own, and it's using you to get what it wants. One of the most peculiar and possibly unique features of humans is the vast amount of information we carry outside our biological selves. But in our rush to build the infrastructure for the 20 quintillion bits we create every day, we've failed to ask exactly why we're expending ever-increasing amounts of energy, resources, and human effort to maintain all this data. Drawing on deep ideas and frontier thinking in evolutionary biology, computer science, information theory, and astrobiology, Caleb Scharf argues that information is, in a very real sense, alive. All the data we create-all of our emails, tweets, selfies, A.I.-generated text and funny cat videos-amounts to an aggregate lifeform. It has goals and needs. It can control our behavior and influence our well-being. And it's an organism that has evolved right alongside us. This symbiotic relationship with information offers a startling new lens for looking at the world. Data isn't just something we produce; it's the reason we exist. This powerful idea has the potential to upend the way we think about our technology, our role as humans, and the fundamental nature of life. The Ascent of Information offers a humbling vision of a universe built of and for information. Scharf explores how our relationship with data will affect our ongoing evolution as a species. Understanding this relationship will be crucial to preventing our data from becoming more of a burden than an asset, and to preserving the possibility of a human future"--
Gravity's engines : the other side of black holes by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offering a sweeping tour of fantastic physics and cosmic history, Gravity's Engines provides a view of the most fearsome places in the universe, and finally asks what it will take to see the event horizon of a black hole"--Provided by publisher
The Copernicus complex : the quest for our cosmic (in)significance by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican principle Though the concept of "the universe" suggests the containment of everything, the latest ideas in cosmology hint that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others--a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. In The Copernicus Complex, the renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating. As Scharf argues, when Copernicus proposed that the Earth was not the fixed point at the center of the known universe (and therefore we are not unique), he set in motion a colossal scientific juggernaut, forever changing our vision of nature. But the principle has never been entirely true--we do live at a particular time, in a particular location, under particular circumstances. To solve this conundrum we must put aside our Copernican worldview and embrace the possibility that we are in a delicate balance between mediocrity and significance, order and chaos. Weaving together cutting-edge science and classic storytelling, historical accounts and speculations on what the future holds, The Copernicus Complex presents a compelling argument for what our true cosmic status is, and proposes a way forward for the ultimate quest: to determine life's abundance not just across this universe but across all realities"--
The zoomable universe : a step-by-step tour through cosmic scale, from the infinite to the infinitesimal by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Embark on a breath-taking, cutting-edge voyage through the enormity of our reality travelling one 'power of ten' or order of magnitude at a time. Inspired by the classic 'Powers of Ten' film and bestselling book by Charles and Ray Eames, the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and acclaimed artist Ron Miller guide us from the very edge of the observable universe about 91 billion light years away to the subatomic realm, where the fabric of space-time itself behaves in a way that confounds all the rules of physics we currently know. Gorgeously designed and visually inspiring, The Zoomable Universe takes a truly unique approach toward explaining our place in the universe, charting an unforgettable course through galaxies, black holes, solar systems, stars and planets, oceans and continents, plants and animals, micro-organisms, atoms, quantum fields and much, much more. Stops along the way all enlivened by Scharf's sparkling prose and original insights into the nature of our universe include the surface of a rogue planet, the back of an elephant, and the contours of a DNA strand. With navigational aids that allow readers to track their progress from one scale to the next, and packed with over 100 original full colour illustrations and infographics, The Zoomable Universe is a whimsical celebration of discovery, a testament to our astounding ability to see beyond our own vantage point and chart a course from the farthest-flung edge of the cosmos to its mind-boggling depths an unforgettable journey that will thrill readers of every age who want to discover more about the incredible reality we inhabit
Gravity's engines : how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos by Caleb A Scharf( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They're mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity's Engines, these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles
The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities by Caleb A Scharf( Recording )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus dared to go against the establishment by proposing that Earth rotates around the Sun. Having demoted Earth from its unique position in the cosmos to one of mediocrity, Copernicus set in motion a revolution in scientific thought. This perspective has influenced thinking for centuries. Recent evidence challenges the Copernican Principle, hinting that we do in fact live in a special place, at a special time, as the product of a chain of unlikely events
The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm by Caleb A Scharf( )

1 edition published in 2021 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Your information has a life of its own, and it's using you to get what it wants. One of the most peculiar and possibly unique features of humans is the vast amount of information we carry outside our biological selves. But in our rush to build the infrastructure for the 20 quintillion bits we create every day, we've failed to ask exactly why we're expending ever-increasing amounts of energy, resources, and human effort to maintain all this data. Drawing on deep ideas and frontier thinking in evolutionary biology, computer science, information theory, and astrobiology, Caleb Scharf argues that information is, in a very real sense, alive. All the data we create--all of our emails, tweets, selfies, A.I.-generated text and funny cat videos--amounts to an aggregate lifeform. It has goals and needs. It can control our behavior and influence our well-being. And it's an organism that has evolved right alongside us. This symbiotic relationship with information offers a startling new lens for looking at the world. Data isn't just something we produce; it's the reason we exist. This powerful idea has the potential to upend the way we think about our technology, our role as humans, and the fundamental nature of life. The Ascent of Information offers a humbling vision of a universe built of and for information. Scharf explores how our relationship with data will affect our ongoing evolution as a species. Understanding this relationship will be crucial to preventing our data from becoming more of a burden than an asset, and to preserving the possibility of a human future
I motori della gravità : l'altra faccia dei buchi neri by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il complesso di Copernico : il nostro posto nell'universo by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juryoku mashin : Burakku horu ga tsukuru uchu by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ru guo,Ge bai ni cuo le : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities = The copernicus complex by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu fen san bu fen,Du yi wu er de wo men,Sheng ming shi fu za de,Ye shi xi you de,Di qiu yu ren lei cun zai de di san zhong yi yi.Nei rong bao kuo:ru guo,Ge bai ni cuo le ;Shi yi nian de kuang huan ;Bi lin er ju ;Wei da de cuo wu deng
Silniki grawitacji : jak czarne dziury rządzą galaktykami i gwiazdami by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Copernicus complex : the quest for our cosmic (in)significance by Caleb A Scharf( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The benevolence of black holes by Caleb A Scharf( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Kosmiczna (nie)istotność by Caleb A Scharf( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Gravity's engines : how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos
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The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilitiesThe zoomable universe : an epic tour through cosmic scale, from almost everything to nearly nothingExtrasolar planets and astrobiologyGravity's engines : the other side of black holesThe Copernicus complex : the quest for our cosmic (in)significanceThe zoomable universe : a step-by-step tour through cosmic scale, from the infinite to the infinitesimalGravity's engines : how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos
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Caleb Scharf Amerikaans astronoom

Caleb Scharf astrònom estatunidenc

Caleb Scharf astronome américain

Caleb Scharf astrónomo estadounidense

Caleb Scharf astrônomo norte-americano

Caleb Scharf astronomo statunitense

Caleb Scharf astrónomu estauxunidense

Caleb Scharf British-born astronomer

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