Stories in the Stars
An Atlas of Constellations
The starry night sky has inspired countless stories, myths and legends, and this book – aimed at the imaginative stargazer – tells some of those tales through poems, prose, letters and other literary devices. From the sinful Cassiopeia to the wandering Ursa Major, each story is accompanied by a charming illustration and constellation map, including adjacent constellations, the ‘apparent magnitude’ or brightness of each star as seen from Earth, and a list of asterisms or corresponding names. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Edge of Physics
Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology
Why is the universe’s expansion speeding up? What is ‘dark matter’? Are there other universes besides our own? This book follows the author’s travels in search of experiments taking place in the planet’s most inhospitable locations to answer such cosmological questions. It explains not only the theory, aims and practicalities of each cutting-edge project but also the challenges facing researchers, whether they are working deep inside an abandoned iron mine or at the top of Hawaii’s highest mountain.
Zoom: How Everything Moves
From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
Why does it take so long for thick ice to form? How slowly do stalactites grow? How much lower is a bee's buzz than a mosquito's? Why can we see the flicker in old silent movies? The answers to such questions are revealed as astronomer Bob Berman explains the myriad movements that shape the universe, from the Sombrero Galaxy, which speeds away from us at 562 miles per second, to the oscillations of water molecules.
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse
Astronomy and the Castle in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Sir William Parsons (1800–1867) of Birr Castle built what was for 70 years the world’s largest telescope (‘the Leviathan’). In a series of ten essays, this volume examines the life of Parsons, the ‘consummate engineer’, and his work in astronomical science.
Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy 2015
Continuing Sir Patrick Moore's 52-year tradition of editing a guide to noteworthy astronomical events, his collaborator John Mason compiled this yearbook for 2015. It features sets of star charts for Northern and Southern Hemispheres, astronomical data, a month-by-month listing of the year's phenomena, and seven specially-commissioned articles by eminent astronomers on subjects such as Edmond Halley, the New Horizons mission which reached Pluto in 2015, and the curious history of the star Lalande 36613.
A More Perfect Heaven
How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos
In 1510, Copernicus had begun to formulate the theory that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the centre of our universe. The theory was potentially heretical and not until 1539, when a young German mathematician named Rheticus sought him out, was Copernicus persuaded to publish On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. Dava Sobel tells the story of the great astronomer, and where the evidence runs out, she imagines the meeting between Rheticus and the older scientist.