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Activities in Astronomy

Darrel B. Hoff, Linda J. Kelsey, John S. Neff

1990    168 pages    (Kendall Hunt Publishing Company)

LCC: QB62

ISBN 13: 9780840332882    ISBN 10: 0840332882

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Advanced Skywatching: The Backyard Astronomer's Guide to Starhopping and Exploring the Universe (The Nature Company Guides)

Alan Dyer, Robert A. Garfinkle, Martin George, Jeff Kanipe, David H. Levy, Robert Burnham, David Levy

288 pages    (Time Life Education)

LCC: QB64

LCCN: 97022875    ISBN 13: 9780783549415    ISBN 10: 0783549415

Picking up where Skywatching left off, here is an invaluable, advanced observer's primer and field guide to the night sky.

Picking up where Skywatching left off, here is an invaluable, advanced observer's primer and field guide to the night sky. [less]

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Amateur Astronomer's Catalog of Five Hundred Deep-Sky Objects

Ronald J. Morales

1986    128 pages    (Aztex Corporation)

LCC: QB63

LCCN: 83073052    ISBN 13: 9780894040764    ISBN 10: 0894040766

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Amateur Astronomers Handbook

J. B. Sidgwick

1986    (Enslow Publishing, LLC)

LCC: QB44.S558

LCCN: 80020596    ISBN 13: 9780894900495    ISBN 10: 0894900498

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Amateur Astronomer's Handbook, The

James Muirden

472 pages    (Harpercollins)

LCC: QB64

LCCN: 67012406    ISBN 13: 9780061816222    ISBN 10: 0061816221

Excellent copy of a classic and helpful handbook.

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Amazing Universe, The

Herbert Friedman

1975   

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Astronomical Equipment for Amateurs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

Martin Mobberley

1998    266 pages    (Springer)

LCC: QB86

LCCN: 98007025    ISBN 13: 9781852330194    ISBN 10: 1852330198

This guide provides useful insight for first-time telescope buyers as well as experienced amateurs. It examines the advantages and disadvantages of different types of telescopes, mountings, and accessories-ranging from refractors and reflectors to computer controlled drives and CCD cameras. The author also covers observation techniques, photographic equipment, astronomical software, as well as equipment care and maintenance.

This guide provides useful insight for first-time telescope buyers as well as experienced amateurs. It examines the advantages and disadvantages of different types of telescopes, mountings, and accessories-ranging from refractors and reflectors to computer controlled drives and CCD cameras. The author also covers observation techniques, photographic equipment, astronomical software, as well as equipment care and maintenance. [less]

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Astronomical photometry

Arne A Henden

1982    392 pages    (Van Nostrand Reinhold)

LCC: QB135

LCCN: 90011908    ISBN 13: 9780442236472    ISBN 10: 0442236476

Astronomical Photometry provides easy access to vital reference material on standard stars in addition to useful theoretical background information.

Astronomical Photometry provides easy access to vital reference material on standard stars in addition to useful theoretical background information. [less]

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Astronomy

(Hubbard Press)

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Astronomy

Dinah L. Moché (Editor, Read by)

1981    284 pages    (John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated)

LCC: QB45.M696

LCCN: 81010470    ISBN 13: 9780471097136    ISBN 10: 0471097136

From stars, planets, and galaxies to black holes, the Big Bang, and life in space, this new edition of Astronomy brings the wonders of the cosmos to life, Offering a unique, successful self-teaching format, this practical, user-friendly guide makes it easy for you to quickly grasp the basic principles of astronomy and build gradually on what you have learned. This complete, new edition is all any student or amateur stargazer needs to understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe. You can [...]

From stars, planets, and galaxies to black holes, the Big Bang, and life in space, this new edition of Astronomy brings the wonders of the cosmos to life, Offering a unique, successful self-teaching format, this practical, user-friendly guide makes it easy for you to quickly grasp the basic principles of astronomy and build gradually on what you have learned. This complete, new edition is all any student or amateur stargazer needs to understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe. You can use the book alone or with a conventional textbook, Internet-based or distance-learning course, computer software, telescope manual, or as a handy reference. Book jacket. [less]

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Astronomy A to Z

Lloyd Motz, ed

1964   

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Astronomy: From Earth to the Universe (Saunders golden sunburst series)

Jay M. Pasachoff

1990    635 pages    (Harcourt School)

LCC: QB45

LCCN: 79003949    ISBN 13: 9780030313295    ISBN 10: 0030313295

This edition contains information about astronomical discoveries and theories. Explanations, photographs and commentary make this work a useful introduction to astronomy. Pedagogical features, the images from the Hubble Space Telescope and new software create a package aimed at students and instructors alike.

This edition contains information about astronomical discoveries and theories. Explanations, photographs and commentary make this work a useful introduction to astronomy. Pedagogical features, the images from the Hubble Space Telescope and new software create a package aimed at students and instructors alike. [less]

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Astrophotography for the Amateur

Michael A. Covington

1999    362 pages    (Cambridge University Press)

LCC: QB121.C68

LCCN: 98020464    ISBN 13: 9780521641333    ISBN 10: 0521641330

First published in 1999, this much expanded and updated edition of the best-selling handbook Astrophotography for the Amateur provides a complete guide to taking pictures of stars, galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, comets, meteors and eclipses, using equipment and materials readily available to the hobbyist. In this new edition, the book has been completely revised and now includes new chapters on computer image processing and CCD imaging; expanded advice on choosing cameras and telescopes; [...]

First published in 1999, this much expanded and updated edition of the best-selling handbook Astrophotography for the Amateur provides a complete guide to taking pictures of stars, galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, comets, meteors and eclipses, using equipment and materials readily available to the hobbyist. In this new edition, the book has been completely revised and now includes new chapters on computer image processing and CCD imaging; expanded advice on choosing cameras and telescopes; completely updated information about the films; a much larger bibliography; and hundreds of new photographs (in colour, and black and white) demonstrating the latest equipment and techniques. Astrophotography for the Amateur has become the standard handbook for all amateur astronomers. This expanded and updated edition provides an ideal introduction for beginners and a complete handbook for advanced amateurs. It will also appeal to photography enthusiasts who can discover how to take spectacular images with only modest equipment. [less]

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At home in space

Howard Benedict

1995    168 pages    (Pioneer Publications)

LCC: TL789.8.U5

LCCN: 95067719    ISBN 13: 9781881547198    ISBN 10: 1881547191

Book by Benedict, Howard

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At the Heart of the Web: The Inevitable Genesis of Intelligent Life

George A. Seielstad

1989    294 pages    (Harcourt)

LCC: QH331

LCCN: 88021241    ISBN 13: 9780151398140    ISBN 10: 0151398143

Seielstad places mankind at the heart of the web by combining astronomy, the life sciences, philosophy, and the arts, giving a meaningful interpretation to our universal address. 100 photos and drawings.

Seielstad places mankind at the heart of the web by combining astronomy, the life sciences, philosophy, and the arts, giving a meaningful interpretation to our universal address. 100 photos and drawings. [less]

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Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Commonwealth Fund Book Program)

Kip S. Thorne

619 pages    (W W Norton & Co Inc)

LCC: QC6

LCCN: 93002014    ISBN 13: 9780393035056    ISBN 10: 0393035050

In a masterfully written, brilliantly informed work, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech leads readers through an elegant, always human tapestry of interlocking themes, answering the great question: What principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know what they know? Introduction by Stephen Hawking. Illustrations.

In a masterfully written, brilliantly informed work, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech leads readers through an elegant, always human tapestry of interlocking themes, answering the great question: What principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know what they know? Introduction by Stephen Hawking. Illustrations. [less]

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Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus, The

Owen Gingerich

2004    306 pages    (Walker & Company)

LCC: QB41

LCCN: 2003068879    ISBN 13: 9780802714152    ISBN 10: 0802714153

In the spring of 1543 as the celebrated astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, lay on his death bed, his fellow clerics brought him a long-awaited package: the final printed pages of the book he had worked on for many years: De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). Though Copernicus would not live to hear of its extraordinary impact, his book, which first suggested that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the universe, is today recognized as one of the most influential [...]

In the spring of 1543 as the celebrated astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, lay on his death bed, his fellow clerics brought him a long-awaited package: the final printed pages of the book he had worked on for many years: De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). Though Copernicus would not live to hear of its extraordinary impact, his book, which first suggested that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the universe, is today recognized as one of the most influential scientific works of all time—thanks in part to astrophysicist Owen Gingerich.Four and a half centuries after its initial publication, Gingerich embarked on an epic quest to see in person all extant copies of the first and second editions of De revolutionibus. He was inspired by two contradictory pieces of information: Arthur Koestler's claim, in his bookThe Sleepwalkers, that nobody had read Copernicus's book when it was published; and Gingerich's discovery, in Edinburgh, of a first edition richly annotated in the margins by the leading teacher of astronomy in Europe in the 1540s. If one copy had been so quickly appreciated, Gingerich reasoned, perhaps others were as well—and perhaps they could throw new light on a hinge point in the history of astronomy.After three decades of investigation, and after traveling hundreds of thousands of miles across the globe—from Melbourne to Moscow, Boston to Beijing—Gingerich has written an utterly original book built on his experience and the remarkable insights gleaned from examining some 600 copies of De revolutionibus. He found the books owned and annotated by Galileo, Kepler and many other lesser-known astronomers whom he brings back to life, which illuminate the long, reluctant process of accepting the Sun-centered cosmos and highlight the historic tensions between science and the Catholic Church. He traced the ownership of individual copies through the hands of saints, heretics, scalawags, and bibliomaniacs. He was called as the expert witness in the theft of one copy, witnessed the dramatic auction of another, and proves conclusively that De revolutionibus was as inspirational as it was revolutionary.Part biography of a book, part scientific exploration, part bibliographic detective story, The Book Nobody Read recolors the history of cosmology and offers new appreciation of the enduring power of an extraordinary book and its ideas. [less]

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Career of David Noble, The

Frances Parkinson Keyes

1961   

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changing universe, The

John E Pfeiffer

1956    243 pages    (Random House)

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Comet

Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

1985    398 pages    (Random House)

LCC: QB721

LCCN: 85008308    ISBN 13: 9780394549088    ISBN 10: 0394549082

WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and [...]

WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed?Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why."SIMPLY THE BEST." *The Times of London"FASCINATING, EVOCATIVE, INSPIRING." *The Washington Post"COMET HUMANIZES SCIENCE. A BEAUTIFUL, INTERESTING BOOK." *United Press International"MASTERFUL . . . SCIENCE, POETRY, AND IMAGINATION." *The Atlanta Journal & Constitution [less]

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Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Timothy Ferris

495 pages    (William Morrow & Co)

LCC: Q125

LCCN: 88005153    ISBN 13: 9780688058890    ISBN 10: 0688058892

From prehistoric times through Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein, to today's "supersymmetry" theories of spacetime, this narrative details our most priceless treasure--our conception of the universe at large. 2 cassettes.

From prehistoric times through Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein, to today's "supersymmetry" theories of spacetime, this narrative details our most priceless treasure--our conception of the universe at large. 2 cassettes. [less]

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus, 2nd Edition, The

W. Michael Kelley

2006    352 pages    (ALPHA)

LCC: QA303.2

LCCN: 2006920724    ISBN 13: 9781592574711    ISBN 10: 1592574718

Cast off the curse of calculus! Students no longer have anything to fear: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus, Second Edition, is here. Like its predecessor, it was created with an audience of students working toward a non-science related degree in mind. A non-intimidating, easy-to-understand textbook companion, this new edition has more explanatory graphs and illustrations and double the number of practice problems. • First edition of this book has sold more copies than any of the [...]

Cast off the curse of calculus! Students no longer have anything to fear: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus, Second Edition, is here. Like its predecessor, it was created with an audience of students working toward a non-science related degree in mind. A non-intimidating, easy-to-understand textbook companion, this new edition has more explanatory graphs and illustrations and double the number of practice problems. • First edition of this book has sold more copies than any of the other 70+ books on the subject • Twice as many practice problems in this second edition • More college students are now required to take calculus in college than ever before • Author is an award-winning calculus teacher praised for his ability to make this topic fun and approachable • His website, calculus-help.com, reaches thousands of students every month [less]

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Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy, The

P. Clay Sherrod, Thomas L. Koed

1990    268 pages    (Prentice Hall PTR)

LCC: QB64

LCCN: 81002441    ISBN 13: 9780131553590    ISBN 10: 0131553593

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Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering (The Confused Photographer's Guide to . . . Series), The

Bahman Farzad

2005    192 pages    (Confused Photographer's Guide Books.)

LCC: TR591.F28

LCCN: 97094505    ISBN 13: 9780966081701    ISBN 10: 0966081706

World’s first book written to illustrate the on-camera spot metering technique for 35mm, Digital, and Medium Format photographers: All types of metering systems used in different cameras (with the exception of the on-camera spotmeter operated by a skilled photographer) use a "cookie-cutter" approach to photographic exposure. What this means is the camera meter measures the various tones of your subject, and then averages all of the tones in order to come up with an overall exposure. Sometimes [...]

World’s first book written to illustrate the on-camera spot metering technique for 35mm, Digital, and Medium Format photographers: All types of metering systems used in different cameras (with the exception of the on-camera spotmeter operated by a skilled photographer) use a "cookie-cutter" approach to photographic exposure. What this means is the camera meter measures the various tones of your subject, and then averages all of the tones in order to come up with an overall exposure. Sometimes the overall exposure works and sometimes it doesn't. With this approach, the ball is in the camera's court and in many instances the photographer has no hand in the final look of the image. With on-camera spotmetering, the photographer uses a "tailored" approach to find the correct exposure for a very specific subject. With this approach, the skilled photographer interprets the spotmeter readings from the subject and establishes the correct exposure that captures the desired image (what the eye sees) on film. The consistency and flexibility of the narrow-angled spotmeter makes it the most powerful and versatile exposure tool in existance today. The only catch in using a spotmeter is that the photographer must have the skill to use this powerful tool correctly and effectively. The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering does just that! It is simple, easy-to-follow, and uses a common-sense teaching approach to the material. With more than seventy full-page illustrations, it is designed to get the beginner and the intermediate photographer started in a couple of days. I assume that you have a camera with a built-in spotmetering (partial metering) feature. I also assume that you have a ninth grade education and are willing to learn. To facilitate your learning process, I have included a two page cheat sheets for each of the following cameras: Canon EOS 10D Digital Slr, Canon EOS 20D Digital Slr, Canon EOS 3, Canon EOS A2/A2E, Canon EOS Elan 2E, Canon EOS Elan 7E, Canon EOS Rebel 2000, Canon EOS Rebel Ti/300V, Canon PowerShot G3 Digital, Canon PowerShot G5 Digital, Minolta Maxxum 5, Minolta Maxxum 7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum StSi, Nikon CoolPix 990 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 995 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 4500 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 5700 Digital, Nikon Coolpix 5000 Digital, Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital, Nikon D70 Digital Slr, Nikon F4, Nikon F5, Nikon F100, Nikon N50, Nikon N55, Nikon N60, Nikon N6006, Nikon N65, Nikon N70, Nikon N75, Nikon N80, Nikon N8008s, Nikon N90/N90s, Pentax *ist, Pentax *ist-D Digital SLR, Pentax 645N Medium Format, Pentax MZ-S, Pentax PZ-1P, Pentax ZX-5N, and Sony DSC-F717 Digital. If your camera is not listed here, you will still be able to learn the technique and apply it successfully. [less]

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Confused Photographer's Guide to Photographic Exposure and the Simplified Zone System, The

Bahman Farzad

2007    292 pages    (Confused Photographer's Guide Books.)

LCC: TR591

ISBN 13: 9780966081718    ISBN 10: 0966081714

Contrary to popular belief, when you buy an expensive camera the exposure skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive GUITAR, you KNOW that playing skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive CAR, you KNOW that driving skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive CAMERA, why, then, do you NOT KNOW that exposure skills DO NOT COME with it? This book teaches the beginning Digital/35mm photographer (9th grade level) the simple and practical methods of correctly exposing [...]

Contrary to popular belief, when you buy an expensive camera the exposure skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive GUITAR, you KNOW that playing skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive CAR, you KNOW that driving skills DO NOT COME with it! When you buy an expensive CAMERA, why, then, do you NOT KNOW that exposure skills DO NOT COME with it? This book teaches the beginning Digital/35mm photographer (9th grade level) the simple and practical methods of correctly exposing a subject. This is also the world's first Digital Zone System book that addresses the application of the Zone System of exposure using current manual digital cameras including many of today's D-Slrs. The book covers in detail the applications of a camera's meter, an off-camera spot meter, an off-camera incident meter, and easy-to-remember techniques for exposing sunlit to moonlit subjects without a meter. The book uses Farzad's simplified 5-stop technique using 100 ISO color slide or Digital Film as its base, but the same techniques can be applied to Black and White, as well as color negative film with different ISOs. Since all the thinking is done before the photographer takes the picture, the book is ideal for this millennium's 35mm photographers that use one-hour processing labs. Since all the exposure decisions are made ahead of time (before the picture is taken), the technique saves the digital photographer many hours that he or she would waste behind the computer trying to figure out what he/she wanted to capture in the first place. The highest level of math required from the reader to understand this book, is to be able to multiply and divide a number by two. Also in the fourth edition (with the Lotus flower on the cover), a special calibration section is added to the end of the book for all those photographers who have spent a few thousand dollars on their D-Slr and are consistently getting underexposed and unacceptable images. The fourth edition also includes Digital footnotes and assignments for photographers using manual digital cameras. The book also includes Digital as well as 35mm exposure cheat sheets for Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS A2/A2e, Canon EOS Rebel TI, Canon EOS Rebel XT, Canon EOS Rebel Xti, Canon PowerShot G5, FujiFilm FinePix S7000, Minolta Maxxum 5, Minolta Maxxum 7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum STSi, Nikon Coolpix 990, Nikon Coolpix 5700, Nikon Coolpix 8700, Nikon D50, Nikon D70, Nikon D80, Nikon D200, Nikon F4, Nikon F5, Nikon F100, Nikon N70, Nikon N90, Nikon N6006, Nikon N8008s, Pentax *ist-D, Pentax 645N, Pentax MZS, Pentax PZ1P, and Sony DSC-F717. [less]

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Cosmic Catastrophes

Clark P. Chapman, D. Morrison (Editor)

1989    (Da Capo Press, Incorporated)

LCC: QB43.2

LCCN: 88026819    ISBN 13: 9780306431630    ISBN 10: 0306431637

The authors discuss such topics as "impacts with asteroids, the greenhouse effect, nuclear winter, fringe catastrophism, supernovae and an assessment of risks." (New Scientist)

The authors discuss such topics as "impacts with asteroids, the greenhouse effect, nuclear winter, fringe catastrophism, supernovae and an assessment of risks." (New Scientist) [less]

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Cosmic Impact

John K. Davies

1986    192 pages    (St. Martin's Press)

LCC: QB651.D38

LCCN: 86013740    ISBN 13: 9780312170240    ISBN 10: 0312170246

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Cosmic Mind Boggling Book, The

McAleer

(Warner Books)

ISBN 13: 9780446384100    ISBN 10: 0446384100

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Cosmic Voyage: Through Time and Space, The

William K. Hartmann

528 pages    (Wadsworth Pub Co)

LCC: QB43.2

LCCN: 89029981    ISBN 13: 9780534173760    ISBN 10: 0534173764

Written as an astronomy course for students who are not specializing in scientific subjects, this text makes the connections between facts and theory, between discoveries and implications, and between astronomy and other related fields.

Written as an astronomy course for students who are not specializing in scientific subjects, this text makes the connections between facts and theory, between discoveries and implications, and between astronomy and other related fields. [less]

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Cosmos (Voyage Through the Universe), The

1989    144 pages    (Time Life Education)

LCC: QB981

LCCN: 88024945    ISBN 13: 9780809468621    ISBN 10: 080946862X

Excellent condition. No blemishes, highlights or damage to pagers or cover.

Excellent condition. No blemishes, highlights or damage to pagers or cover. [less]

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Cycles of Fire

William K. Hartmann, Pamela Lee, Tom Miller

1988    192 pages    (Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated)

LCC: QB801

LCCN: 87021778    ISBN 13: 9780894805103    ISBN 10: 089480510X

A stunningly illustrated guide to the stars with photographs, charts, and more than 100 paintings.

A stunningly illustrated guide to the stars with photographs, charts, and more than 100 paintings. [less]

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Discovering the Universe

William J. Kaufman

1989    (W. H. Freeman & Company)

LCC: QB43.2

LCCN: 89016773    ISBN 13: 9780716720546    ISBN 10: 071672054X

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Distant Wanderers: The Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System

Bruce Dorminey

2001    226 pages    (Copernicus)

LCC: QB820

LCCN: 2001047132    ISBN 13: 9780387950747    ISBN 10: 0387950745

Recent discoveries of planet-like objects circling other sun-like stars have stirred enormous interest in what other planets may exist in the universe, and whether they could support intelligent life. This book takes us into the midst of this search for extrasolar planets. Unlike other books, it focuses on the people behind the searches -- many known personally by the author -- and the extraordinary technology that is currently on the drawing boards. The author is an experienced, award-winning [...]

Recent discoveries of planet-like objects circling other sun-like stars have stirred enormous interest in what other planets may exist in the universe, and whether they could support intelligent life. This book takes us into the midst of this search for extrasolar planets. Unlike other books, it focuses on the people behind the searches -- many known personally by the author -- and the extraordinary technology that is currently on the drawing boards. The author is an experienced, award-winning science journalist who was previously technology correspondent for the Financial Times of London. He has written on many topics in astronomy and astrobiology in over 35 different newspapers and magazines worldwide. [less]

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Dreams Of A Final Theory. The Search For The Fundamental Laws Of Nature

Steven Weinberg

(Pantheon)

LCC: QC21.2

LCCN: 92050466    ISBN 13: 9780679419235    ISBN 10: 0679419233

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Earth and Its Resources: A Modern Physical Geography, The

Vernor C. Finch

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Einstein's Moon: Bell's Theorem and the Curious Quest for Quantum Reality

F. David Peat

1990    192 pages    (Contemporary Books)

LCC: QC174.17.B45

LCCN: 90037370    ISBN 13: 9780809245123    ISBN 10: 0809245124

The development of the quantum theory is one of the greatest scientific achievements of the twentieth century. It has led to enormous technological innovations, from computer chips to lasers, and each day physicists an engineers around the world use it to predict and exilian new phenomena. What is not understood s why it works. Unlike classical physics, quantum theory totally discards causality, declaring that events on the subatomic level simply happen. Einstein refused to believe in a reality [...]

The development of the quantum theory is one of the greatest scientific achievements of the twentieth century. It has led to enormous technological innovations, from computer chips to lasers, and each day physicists an engineers around the world use it to predict and exilian new phenomena. What is not understood s why it works. Unlike classical physics, quantum theory totally discards causality, declaring that events on the subatomic level simply happen. Einstein refused to believe in a reality hat precluded cause and effect. "Dod does not play dice with the universe," he declared. He especially objected to the theory's insistence that particles, forces, and events seemed to come into existence only when measurement or observation was made. "Do you really believe," Einstein once asked his colleague Abraham Pais, "that the moon only exists when you're looking at it?" For more than half a century physicists and philosophers debated whether the quantum theory really was a complete and accurate description of reality.Then in 1964, physicist John Bell proposed a brilliant method to resolve the issue. "Bell's Theorem," says the eminent physicist Henry Stapps, "is the most profound discover of science." By the early 1980's a number of elegant experiments applying Bell's Theorem had proved that the quantum theory, which speaks in terms of probabilities rather than actualities, Is indeed a complete explanation of reality- God does play dice with he universe! Einstein's Moon is the story of the development of the quantum theory and of the philosophical problems it poses. The book describes, in layperson's terms, how Bell's Theorem works, as well as the experiments that demonstrate that reality is stranger than any of us could ever have imagined. [less]

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