Astronomical Minds; The True Longitude Story

Author: Ted Gerrard



Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

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Gerrard investigates the 17th-century scientific infighting and political intrigue responsible for the deaths of thousands of Negro slaves and the infamous Shovell disaster of 1707 and loss of 2,000 English seamen.

Preserving the Astronomical Sky

Proceedings of the 196th Symposium of the IAU Held in United Nations Vienna International Conference Centre in Conjunction with UNISPACE III at Vienna, Austria, 12-16 July 1999

Author: International Astronomical Union. Symposium

Publisher: Astronomical Society of the pacific


Category: Science

Page: 411

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The History of Astronomy

Author: Anne Rooney

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 216

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This volume traces humanity's exploration of the heavens from Neolithic times to NASA. Moving beyond early superstitions and cosmology, scientific study began by first making calendars and predicting astronomical events. The invention of the telescope around 1600 marked a watershed in the field of astronomy. Since the first recognition that the planets are other worlds, the wonders of space have puzzled and enthralled us. With a wealth of full-color and archival images and a compelling narrative style, this text charts our fascination with stars from before Stonehenge to the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life.

The Story of Astronomy

From plotting the stars to pulsars and black holes

Author: Anne Rooney

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing


Category: Science


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'Astronomy, as nothing else can do, teaches men humility.' Arthur C. Clarke, The Challenge of the Spaceship For thousands of years, the stars, planets, Moon and Sun were central to religious and superstitious beliefs. Astronomy has its origins in the context of these beliefs. From this starting point, scientific thinking emerged, as humans began to seek explanations for the existence of celestial bodies - explanations that did not rely on the supernatural. In the 17th century, the invention of the telescope marked a watershed, opening the heavens to scrutiny and revealing that the planets are other worlds. The wonders of space have multiplied ever since, puzzling and enthralling us. The Story of Astronomy charts our fascination with stars, from before Stonehenge to the search for exoplanets and extra-terrestrial life. This accessible, fascinating account of discoveries, from the times of Palaeolithic star-gazers to current space missions, shows how we have come to know so much about the universe. At the same time, unfolding knowledge has opened new horizons to explore. Our understanding of the boundless cosmos has only just begun. Topics include: Cosmology, from ancient times to the Big Bang Our place in the solar system Astrolabes, telescopes and radio astronomy Mapping the stars Space missions and probes Comets, asteroids, supernovae and black holes The unknown, from empty space to dark energy

Themes of the Times on Astronomy

Author: New York Times Staff

Publisher: Addison-Wesley


Category: Astronomy

Page: 133

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A collection of fifty astronomy articles from The New York Times, Themes of the Times on Astronomy Second Edition brings the excitement of astronomical discovery to you and your students. Each article correlates to a chapter in The Cosmic Perspective and includes a series of follow up questions for homework or class discussion.

Kepler's Physical Astronomy

Author: Bruce Stephenson

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: Science

Page: 216

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From Hipparchus and Ptolemy in the ancient world, through Copernicus and Brahe in the sixteenth century, astronomers had used geometrical models to give a kinematic account of the movements of the sun, moon, and planets. Johannes Kepler revolutionized this most ancient of sciences by being the first to understand astronomy as a part of physics. By closely and clearly analyzing the texts of Kepler's great astronomical works, in particular the Astronomia nova of 1609, Bruce Stephenson demonstrates the importance of Kepler's physical principles--principles now known to be "incorrect"--in the creation of his first two laws of planetary motion.

Mexicos of the Mind

British Writers of the 1930s in Mexico

Author: Brian Russel Rourke




Page: 650

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Astronomical Myths

Based on Flammarions's "History of the Heavens"

Author: Camille Flammarion

Publisher: Good Press


Category: History

Page: 5672

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"Astronomical Myths" by Camille Flammarion, J. F. Blake. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

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The Way of Life

Author: Hypatia



Category: Philosophers, Ancient

Page: 45

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Crippled Minds

An Exploration Into Colonial Culture

Author: Susantha Goonatilake

Publisher: New Delhi : Vikas


Category: Colonies

Page: 350

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Author: Pete Moore



Category: Science

Page: 128

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Highlights fifty of the men and women who have made discoveries and how their discoveries have changed the shape of the modern world.