Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution: Second Revised Edition

By Michael J. Crowe

This newly revised variation of Professor Crowe's obtainable and enlightening booklet recreates probably the most dramatic advancements within the historical past of idea: the swap from an earth-centered to a sun-centered belief of the sunlight method. Written in a transparent and easy demeanour, the paintings is geared up round a hypothetical debate: Given the facts to be had in 1615, which planetary process (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) was once such a lot deserving of support?
Beginning with an introductory bankruptcy on celestial motions, Dr. Crowe proceeds to a dialogue of Greek astronomy ahead of Ptolemy, mathematical suggestions utilized by historical astronomers, the Ptolemaic approach, the Copernican and Tychonic structures, and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. In an epilogue, charges from writers, philosophers, and scientists show the impression of Copernican notion on their paintings. simply in the succeed in of someone with a heritage in highschool arithmetic, this soaking up examine bargains a legitimate creation to our sun method and a chance to relive the most momentous sessions in highbrow history.

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Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight

By Margaret Lazarus Dean

Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a wide ranging elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we've got identified it

In the Sixties, people took their first steps clear of Earth, and for a time our percentages in house appeared unending. yet in a time of austerity and within the wake of high-profile failures like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA's final 3 area go back and forth launches as a way to undergo witness to the tip of an period. With Dean as our consultant to Florida's area Coast and to the heritage of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the degree of what American spaceflight has completed whereas reckoning with its previous witnesses, comparable to Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. alongside the way in which, Dean meets NASA staff, astronauts, and area lovers, amassing attainable solutions to the query: What does it suggest spacefaring kingdom will not be going to house anymore?

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Real Astronomy with Small Telescopes: Step-by-Step Activities for Discovery (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)

This publication demonstrates using an 80mm refractor and exhibits the way it can be utilized as a true clinical tool. the writer is an skilled small telescope consumer and an astronomy educator, and he presents step by step directions for various clinical actions. clients will locate many actions and tasks appropriate for an 80mm refractor or 90mm reflector or Maksutov that experience no longer been released somewhere else. Emphasis is on size and discovery actions instead of on informal looking at. This publication will supply novice observers with the information and ability that might aid them make actual contributions to the sector of astronomy.

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How Big is Big and How Small is Small: The Sizes of Everything and Why

By Timothy Paul Smith

This e-book is set how sizeable is the universe and the way small are quarks, and what are the sizes of dozens of items among those extremes. It describes the sizes of atoms and planets, quarks and galaxies, cells and sequoias. it's a romp via forty-five orders of value from the smallest sub-nuclear debris we now have measured, to the sting of the saw universe. It additionally appears at time, from the epic age of the cosmos to the fleeting lifetimes of ethereal
particles. it's a narrative that journeys its means from stellar magnitudes to the clocks on GPS satellites, from the approximately logarithmic scales of a piano keyboard via a method of numbers invented via Archimedes and directly to the dimension of the scale of an atom.

Why perform a little issues occur at convinced scales? Why are cells 100 thousandths of a meter throughout? Why are stars by no means smaller than approximately a hundred million meters in diameter? Why are timber restricted to approximately a hundred and twenty meters in top? Why are planets round, yet asteroids now not? usually the scale of an item depends upon anything easy yet relatively unforeseen. the dimensions of a cellphone and a celebrity rely partly at the ratio of floor sector to quantity. The divide among the scale of a round planet and an
irregular asteroid is the stability element among the gravitational forces and the chemical forces in nature.

Most importantly, with a truly few simple rules, all of it is smart. the realm rather is a most logical position.

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Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

By Robert Dinwiddie, Giles Sparrow

That includes a wealth of tremendous astronomical pictures, Space is ideal for an individual drawn to astronomy, area imagery, and the historical past of area exploration. Space takes us on an imaginary trip that begins on a release pad, is going towards the heart of our sunlight procedure to determine the internal planets and the solar, after which flies outward prior the outer planets and directly to the fringes of the sun approach.

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The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy (Astronomers' Universe)

The Andromeda Galaxy – Messier’s M31 – has a virtually romantic attraction. it's the so much far away item and the one extragalactic item that's seen to the unaided human eye. referred to now to be approximately 2½ million light-years away, apparently within the sky to be numerous occasions the width of the total Moon lower than stable seeing stipulations. The Andromeda Galaxy and the increase of recent Astronomy examines the astronomical stories of Andromeda and its significance to our constructing wisdom of the universe. The publication discusses how M31 used to be defined either by means of the Ancients, yet extra importantly, via astronomers from the 19th century to the current.

While first and foremost of the 20th century the universe used to be regarded as a finite cosmos ruled through the Milky method, the learn of Andromeda galaxy shattered that snapshot, major finally to the belief of an enormous universe of numerous galaxies and gigantic distances. Even this present day, M31 is an incredible point of interest for brand new astronomical discoveries, and it additionally continues to be essentially the most renowned (and profitable) celestial gadgets for newbie astronomers to watch and research. This e-book unearths the little-known historical past of M31 and the scientists who learn it.

For all who're attracted to astronomy, the skies, and even perhaps the origins of the universe, The Andromeda Galaxy and the increase of recent Astronomy presents a first-of-its-kind available, informative, and hugely readable account of the way the learn and remark of this celestial item has pushed the advance of astronomy from precedent days to the present.

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Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System

By Ray Jayawardhana

In Strange New Worlds, well known astronomer Ray Jayawardhana brings information from front traces of the epic quest to discover planets--and alien life--beyond our sunlight method. simply long ago twenty years, after millennia of hypothesis, have astronomers began to find planets round different stars--thousands actually. Now they're nearer than ever to unraveling far-off twins of the Earth. during this booklet, Jayawardhana vividly recounts the tales of the scientists and the extraordinary breakthroughs that experience ushered during this striking age of exploration. He describes the newest findings--including his own--that are difficult our view of the cosmos and casting new gentle at the origins and evolution of planets and planetary structures. He finds how know-how is quickly advancing to help direct observations of Jupiter-like gasoline giants and super-Earths--rocky planets with a number of instances the mass of our personal planet--and how astronomers use biomarkers to hunt attainable lifestyles on different worlds.

Strange New Worlds offers an insider's examine the state-of-the-art technology of cutting-edge planet hunters, our customers for locating alien existence, and the debates and controversies on the vanguard of extrasolar-planet research.

In a brand new afterword, Jayawardhana explains one of the most fresh advancements as we look for the 1st clues of lifestyles on different planets.

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Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

What determines no matter if complicated lifestyles will come up on a planet, or maybe any existence in any respect? Questions reminiscent of those are investigated during this groundbreaking ebook. In doing so, the authors synthesize info from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and use it on what we all know in regards to the upward thrust of lifestyles in the world and to what may be able to ensue in different places within the universe. everybody who has been delighted by way of the hot discoveries of extrasolar planets and the symptoms of existence on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa may be serious about Rare Earth, and its implications if you glance to the heavens for companionship.

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