Visualizing the Universe: A Journey Through the Cosmos

2024-01-23 20:33:32

Cosme Graphics

Written by Michael Benson, translated by Ji Woong-bae, Roller Coaster, 43,000 won

When you think of the universe, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘photos’ or videos taken by satellites or radio telescopes. This is possible from the perspective of after science has developed. In previous times, humans expressed the universe through ‘pictures (graphics).’ It is the result of looking at and sometimes observing the night sky and space from thousands of years ago. Various efforts have been made to understand and visualize the universe, not only by astronomers but also by artists and illustrators, and through the collaboration of various experts.

This book contains traces of humanity’s efforts to visualize the universe and express its place within it. From a cosmic relic created by hammering a copper plate around 2000 BC to a planetary image inserted into a 12th-century encyclopedia to space simulation graphics drawn by a supercomputer. You can see the various aspects of the universe drawn by mankind.

So this book is both an ‘art book’ and a ‘science book’. Until the 17th century, art and science were essentially one. Artists during the Renaissance developed the science of optics, and natural philosophers during the Enlightenment developed the ability to describe natural phenomena. The author organizes the colorful images in chronological order and provides explanations and space-related knowledge for each picture to help readers understand.

The book contains drawings that elaborately embody Ptolemy’s ‘Earth-centered theory’, drawings that compile the cosmological concepts of scientists such as Newton and Kepler, Maria Clara Eimmart’s unique drawings of the moon, and drawings of Galileo’s observations of sunspots. Each painting also contains the global environment and human perspective of that era. The author says, “The situation on Earth can never be separated from observing the sky,” and “In the end, viewing space is also an extremely earthly experience.”

The Coming Wave

Written by Mustafa Suleiman, translated by Jeongmi Lee, Hans Media, 25,000 won

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This is an AI outlook book written by Suleiman, the founder of AI company DeepMind. They say that AI development will create a new definition for humanity in the near future. This is called a ‘new wave’ and presents super-evolution, versatility, and autonomy as key concepts.

minimal science study

Written by Bae Dae-woong, Whale Book, 19,800 won

It is a science textbook that can be read without pressure. The history of science is explained through the relationships between economics, politics, philosophy, medicine, and science. In medicine, we look at anesthetics and vaccines, in politics, nuclear power and space development, in economics, the industrial revolution, and in philosophy, we look at the beginning and end of scientific thinking.

Earl Nightingale The Beginning of Great Success

Written by Earl Nightingale, translated by Hyunjeong Kim, The Quest, 19,800 won

This is a book about ‘how to succeed’ from the author, who is the teacher of ‘success experts’ such as Rhonda Byrne and Bob Proctor. He preaches that ‘setting specific and visible goals and self-directed execution’ must be followed to achieve what you want and succeed.

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