The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

By Ronald Florence

Nearly a half-century after is finishing touch, the 200-inch Palomar telescope continues to be an extraordinary mixture of monstrous scale and microscope element. As large because the Pantheon of Rome and as heavy because the Statue of Liberty, this incredible tool is so accurately outfitted that its seventeen-foot replicate used to be hand-polished to a tolerance of 2/1,000,000 of an inch. The telescope's development drove a few to the threshold of insanity, made others frightened that mortals could glimpse heaven, and transfixed a complete kingdom. Ronald Florence weaves into his account of the production of "the ideal computing device" a stirring chronicle of the delivery of massive technological know-how and a poignant rendering of an the United States mired within the melancholy but achieving for the celebrities.

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The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

It is a attention-grabbing creation to the historical past of Western astronomy, from prehistoric occasions to the origins of astrophysics within the mid-nineteenth century. ancient files are first present in Babylon and Egypt, and after millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical method of culminate within the Almagest of Ptolemy. This legacy used to be transmitted to the Latin West through Islam, and resulted in Copernicus's declare that the Earth is in movement. In justifying this Kepler switched over astronomy right into a department of dynamics, resulting in Newton's common legislations of gravity. The publication concludes with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century functions of Newton's legislations, and the 1st explorations of the universe of stars.

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Universe

This complete textbook for the two-term path focuses scholars on not just the foundational innovations of astronomy yet at the strategy of clinical discovery itself—how we all know what we all know concerning the cosmos. Engagingly written and crammed worthy pedagogical instruments, the booklet additionally excels at dispelling greatly held misconceptions and supporting scholars keep away from universal pitfalls as they discover the heavens.

Thoroughly up to date, the recent variation beneficial properties the most recent discoveries and new pedagogy, and is supported by way of an increased media/supplements package deal founded on W. H. Freeman’s outstanding new on-line direction area, LaunchPad.

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A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Stephen Hawking has earned a name because the such a lot great theoretical physicist due to the fact Einstein. during this landmark quantity, Professor Hawking stocks his blazing mind with nonscientists far and wide, guiding us expertly to confront the splendid questions of the character of time and the universe. used to be there a starting of time? Will there be an finish? Is the universe endless or does it have obstacles? From Galileo and Newton to fashionable astrophysics, from the breathtakingly solid to the terribly tiny, Professor Hawking leads us on an exciting trip to far-off galaxies, black holes, trade dimensions--as shut as guy has ever ventured to the brain of God. From the vantage element of the wheelchair from which he has spent greater than 20 years trapped through Lou Gehrig's ailment, Stephen Hawking has reworked our view of the universe. Cogently defined, passionately printed, A short historical past of Time is the tale of the final word quest for wisdom: the continued look for the tantalizing secrets and techniques on the center of time and area.

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The Greatest Comets in History: Broom Stars and Celestial Scimitars (Astronomers' Universe)

Naked-eye comets are faraway from unusual. As a coarse standard, one appears to be like each 18 months or thereabouts, and it isn't very strange to work out greater than in one 12 months. The checklist to this point turns out to were 2004, with a complete of 5 comets obvious with no optical relief. yet 2006, 1970, and 1911 weren't a long way in the back of with a complete of 4 apiece. but, the vast majority of those go overlooked via most of the people. most easily seem like fuzzy stars with tails which are both faint or lower than the naked-eye threshold. The ‘classical’ comet – a vivid star-like item with a protracted flowing tail – is a sight that graces our skies approximately as soon as according to decade, on ordinary. those ‘great comets’ are absolutely one of the most lovely items that we will be able to see within the heavens, and it's no ask yourself that they created such worry in previous instances. simply what makes a comet ‘‘great’’ isn't really effortless to outline. it really is neither as regards to brightness nor just a subject of measurement. a few comets can recreation prodigiously lengthy tails and but now not be considered as nice. Others can develop into very vibrant, yet infrequently someone except a handful of enthusiastic astronomers will ever see them. a lot will depend on their separation from the solar, the depth of the tail, and so on.

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The Observer's Guide to Astronomy: Volume 1 (Practical Astronomy Handbooks)

This consultant presents accomplished functional details for either starting and complicated beginner astronomers on easy methods to make scientifically major observations. The e-book explains intimately tips to notice each possible astronomical object--from meteors to far-off galaxies. It offers a large choice of tools starting from the easiest visible observations, akin to making pencil drawings of the outside of the Moon, to using hugely refined gear, equivalent to CCD cameras and photoelectric photometers. It additionally explains how you can checklist and catalog observations utilizing well-known specialist terminology and category schemes. The volume's emphasis all through is on giving beginner astronomers sound details to exploit on the telescope. the simplest and effective thoughts are provided in order that observers can follow those who are most fitted to their very own gear and measure of expertise. This accomplished survey of useful tools of commentary will increase the observational talents of the avid amateur and also will fulfill the extra tough wishes of the skilled beginner astronomer.

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Universo: la historia más grande jamás contada

By Gerardo Herrera Corral

Este libro es l. a. historia common de todas las cosas: las estrellas, los angeles gravedad, los inmensos átomos, l. a. luz, el tiempo, el omnipresente Higgs y l. a. minuciosa variedad de l. a. vida.

Su cronista es el científico mexicano Gerardo Herrera Corral, colaborador del Centro Europeo de Investigaciones Nucleares, donde se investiga el origen de l. a. materia.

La historia aquí contada es, por supuesto, nuestra propia historia, una que empieza hace 13,800 millones de años con un fugaz destello y termina con un espejo -la conciencia humana-, en el cual el universo se observa a sí mismo y se descubre como un misterio espectacular.

Gerardo Herrera Corral, quien desde 1994 colabora en el experimento ALICE, del Centro Europeo de Investigaciones Nucleares, cuyo objetivo es recrear l. a. materia que surgió instantes después del titanic Bang, nos propone un viaje en reversa, un camino de causas y efectos que se detiene en momentos importantes del desarrollo cósmico, y avanza hacia el pasado, buscando el germen de cada estación en los angeles siguiente.

Así, iremos de l. a. conciencia a los angeles vida; de ahí al carbono y su generosa geometría; luego al corazón de las estrellas, que deben morir para que lo demás exista; después visitaremos el plasma primordial del que surgieron los átomos ligeros y sus componentes elementales, y, antes de nuestra última parada -la Gran Explosión-, nos detendremos en l. a. inflación cósmica, el momento decisivo entre el ser y los angeles nada.

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Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Springer Praxis Books)

By Nick Kanas

Until the booklet of the 1st variation of 'Star Maps,' books have been both common histories of astronomy utilizing examples of antiquarian celestial maps as illustrations, or catalogs of celestial atlases that did not hint the circulation of sky map improvement through the years.

The moment edition focuses at the improvement of latest perspectives of the heavens and advances in map-making. It captures the sweetness and awe of the heavens via photos from antiquarian celestial prints and famous person atlases. This booklet uniquely combines a few positive factors: 1) the heritage of celestial cartography is traced from old to fashionable occasions; 2) this improvement is built-in with modern cosmological platforms; three) the artistry of sky maps is proven utilizing appealing colour photos from real celestial atlases and prints; four) each one representation is observed by means of a legend explaining what's being proven; and five) the textual content is written for the lay reader according to the author's adventure with writing articles for beginner astronomy and map collector magazines.

This up-to-date moment variation of 'Star Maps' includes over 50 new pages of textual content and forty four new photographs (16 in color), together with thoroughly new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky gadgets, taking part in card maps, extra cartographers, and sleek automated big name maps. there's additionally elevated fabric approximately celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids.

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Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Astronomy (Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science, Volume 1)

By Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

Astronomy throughout Cultures: A heritage of Non-Western Astronomy involves essays facing the astronomical wisdom and ideology of cultures outdoor the USA and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, between others, the e-book contains essays on Sky stories and Why We inform Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays tackle the connections among technological know-how and tradition and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. every one essay is easily illustrated and includes an vast bibliography. as the geographic diversity is worldwide, the publication fills a niche in either the heritage of technological know-how and in cultural stories. it's going to discover a position at the bookshelves of complicated undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars, and students, in addition to in libraries serving these teams.

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Observing Meteors, Comets, Supernovae and other Transient Phenomena (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

By Neil Bone

Many books hide everlasting astronomical gadgets, yet few give some thought to temporary, out-of-the-ordinary astronomical phenomena. This booklet covers a variety of issues, from the partly-predictable to the definitely unpredictable. At one finish: of the dimensions, it offers suggestion at the most sensible how one can realize meteors, and on the different end:, it describes the easiest tools for venture painstaking searches for brand new comets and supernovae. The publication additionally contains fabric approximately phenomena that ensue within the decrease surroundings, equivalent to "ozone eaters", nacreous clouds, and sun and lunar halos.

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