If you’ve ever stared up at the night sky, wondering how it all works, you are among millions across mankind’s history who have been inspired to learn more. But many are put off because they assume the science that makes the stars move across the heavens and powers the rockets we send out beyond the Earth is too complex for them ever to understand.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Writer and space enthusiast JD Palmer is on a mission to demystify the secrets of space science. He believes that astronautics, Special Relativity and other theories that explain the universe are built on core ideas that anyone can understand with a bit of dedication – and the help of someone to lead them through the basic maths in easy steps.
His latest book, Einstein and the Doves of Deimos, explains the key ideas in Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity by taking a lighthearted look at the frustrations of an irritable King living on a fictitious planet. The author’s earlier book Light Needs Time goes into Einstein’s theory in much greater depth. His other two books, Rockets Orbits and Newton and The Soft Landing Challenge, explain the mathematics behind achieving an orbit around a planet and making a soft landing back on its surface.
Packed with charts, diagrams and examples, these books make the complex understandable and take Special Relativity and rocket science out of the lecture theatre and into your home.