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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Group; First edition (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143330691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143330691
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his exciting new book, Mani Bhaumik builds on recent developments in science to bring us new pictures, larger views and insights about the magnificence of our universe. He challenges us to look at the beauty, complexity and appeal of the newly made images of the cosmos ----Dr. Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 Astronaut<br /><br />The Cosmic Detective is an inspirational read. Dr. Bhaumik tackles topics with impressive scope, yet delves into them with spirit rarely seen. Marrying scientifically accurate text with accessible language is no easy task, but The Cosmic Detective is proof that it can be done. ----Dr. Catherine Cesarsky, President, International Astronomical Union<br /><br />The Cosmic Detective reveals another one of Mani Bhaumik's talents: he is an outstanding science writer to complement his demonstrated scientific insight. He has the unique ability to distill from the voluminous material the essential concepts for the general public. -- --Professor Walter Thirring, Former Director of the Theory Division at CERN, Geneva

The Cosmic Detective reveals another one of Mani Bhaumik's talents: he is an outstanding science writer to complement his demonstrated scientific insight. He has the unique ability to distill from the voluminous material the essential concepts for the general public. ----Professor Walter Thirring, Former Director of the Theory Division at CERN, Geneva

In his exciting new book, Mani Bhaumik builds on recent developments in science to bring us new pictures, larger views and insights about the magnificence of our universe. He challenges us to look at the beauty, complexity and appeal of the newly made images of the cosmos ----Dr. Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 Astronaut

About the Author

Dr. Mani Bhaumik is a physicist, international bestselling author, celebrated lecturer, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. He is a laser physicist who announced the successful demonstration of the world's first efficient excimer laser at the Denver, Colorado meeting of the Optical Society of America in May 1973. This is the class of laser that would eventually eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses in many cases requiring vision correction. The procedure popularly known as Lasik takes less than a minute and has helped over fifteen million people worldwide.
In recognition of his pioneering research in high energy lasers and new laser systems, he was elected by his scientific peers as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as of the American Physical Society.
Dr. Bhaumik's current interest is in sharing with the public the astounding advances in quantum physics and cosmology and their implications for our lives, work, technology, and spiritual development. This he endeavors to do through books, articles, lectures, and TV programs. He is also keenly interested in research on the origin and the nature of consciousness and how that knowledge can be utilized in improving the quality of our existence. As a part of this aspiration, he has instituted an annual International Award through the UCLA Neuropsychiatry Institute to acknowledge the best scientific evidence demonstrating the effect of conscious mind in healing.
Dr. Bhaumik has published over fifty papers in various professional journals and is a holder of a dozen laser-related U.S. patents. He has been invited to lecture all over the world, at forums including: Summer School on High-Power Gas Lasers, Capri, Italy 1975; International Symposium on Gas-Flow and Chemical Lasers, Belgium 1978; International Symposium on Gas Discharge Lasers, Grenoble, France 1979; Asoke Sarkar Memorial Lecture, Calcutta International Book Fair 2001; Institute of Culture, Calcutta, India 2006; Netaji Subhas Open University, Calcutta, India 2008; Schrödinger Institute, Vienna 2009.
In his international bestseller Code Name God (Crossroads Publishing), Dr. Bhaumik argues forcefully that the big divide between science and spirituality can be bridged. The key, Bhaumik asserts, is to see things in an entirely new light a light shed upon by the recent revelations of quantum physics and cosmology. He now devotes much of his time and effort to bringing this message to the public, including its younger members, for whom he has recently created an award winning animated television series, Cosmic Quantum Ray, distributed for broadcast worldwide. Dr. Bhaumik is a patron of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, providing dedicated support for its global activities.
Dr. Bhaumik s honors include: Elected fellow of the American Physical Society for Advancement of Physics, 1976; Elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for development of high power lasers and new laser systems, 1982; Elected to the prestigious Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.; Elected Member of the scientific honor society, Sigma Xi, Los Angeles; Received Honorary D.Sc degree for Lifetime Academic Achievements from Indian Institute of Technology, 1995; Received Lifetime Achievement Award, North America Bengali association, Los Angeles, 2003; Honored by the Cultural Association of Bengal for Philanthropic Services to community, New York, 2005; Received Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award from Indian American Heritage Foundation presented by Sir Ben Kingsley, Beverly Hills, 2005; Received Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science and Philanthropic Contribution from Asian Heritage Committee, New York, 2006; Elected fellow of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta, India, 2006; Listed in Who s Who in Ameri

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Profound and great fun at the same time.
Anna Vitalia
And so I was lured into a reading adventure, awakened, enabled to understand what I had once thought would be incomprehensible to me.
Ernest Frankel
He has a unique talent of seeing and understanding this vast cosmos and making it accessible to all.
Angela K. Allen

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book stands out as one of the best on cosmology. Beautifully written and illustrated, it inspires readers to explore answers that go beyond scientific knowledge and draws a connection between science and spirituality. Dr. Bhaumik is one of those rare scientists, who is not afraid to point to the One who arranges the stars. As Hawking once said, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of "the mind of God."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hill on March 10, 2009
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As its title suggests, Mani Bhaumik's little introduction to the field of cosmology is--above all else--a mystery. From the first page, his prose reminds us that the study of the stars begins with mystification and awe, and that the most passionate science never ceases to regard the world with the eyes of a child. The higher math, chemistry, and speculative physics we martial in pursuit of scientific fact are just investigative tools brought to "the scene of the crime," the forensics kit we use to answer the fundamental question: what's out there? In language accessible to pre-teens but perfectly suitable for curious adults, Dr. Bhaumik tells the story of the stars and manages--in less than a hundred pages--to reawaken our ancestral fascination with the heavens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela K. Allen on March 3, 2009
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The Cosmic Detective takes readers on a ride that is usually reserved for only the finest, most educated minds. In his new book, Mani Bhaumik is able to bridge the gap between a top scientist and a child. Watching my young daughter devour this book was a delight. In a language they can understand, Mani is able to bring the cosmos and all of it's wonder to anyone of any age that has ever been fascinated with the night sky, helpling them to see it with new eyes. Answering questions most of us never even think to ask, he opens our eyes and hearts to the wonders of the cosmos. He has a unique talent of seeing and understanding this vast cosmos and making it accessible to all. Instead of feeling insignificant, the reader is left feeling that they too are as magnificant as the stars. After reading this book my daughter tells everyone that she is made from stardust and I can tell that she truly understands that she is and this has made her feel just a bit more at home in this wonderful Universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Vitalia on March 14, 2009
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Since Galileo's discovery fantastic advances have been made in our understanding of the universe. In this wonderful and inspiring book, 'The Cosmic Detective', Dr. Mani Bhaumik provides new insights into our understanding of life, the cosmos and our intrinsic place in the universe. We are taken on a journey from 0 energy to the creation of the universe that was born from a tiny nugget of space smaller than an atom. The book beautifully illustrates the vision of The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (& was nominated as an official book of the IYA 2009) that the oneness of all things and the interconnectedness of all beings is a reality far greater than fantasy. A truly inspirational work that opens our eyes to the fact that we are created from the same source and we are in fact made of stardust. With these new discoveries we deepen our sense of interconnectedness and our understanding that we are ONE. I hope that ultimately such discoveries can inspire people away from segregation and war towards greater harmony.

The Cosmic Detective is a pleasure from cover to cover. It is an addictive and easy read that stimulates your mind and senses. Profound and great fun at the same time.
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