Visions of Our Solar System
Increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment and probes sent to the outermost reaches of the solar system have amassed a wealth of visual information since the beginning of the space age. Michael Benson has selected the best, often assembling raw black-and-white frames and stitching together multiple views, filtering and re-colouring, to create the crisp detailed images in this portfolio. Chapters cover the Earth and Moon, the Sun and each of the planets as well as comets and asteroids.
Art, Science, Culture
Mixing art and science, this celebration of the Moon identifies the many ways it has influenced human culture from the earliest times. Exploring its place in history and physics, from tides and eclipses to the Apollo missions (and the visual culture generated by the space race in the 1960s and 1970s), the book also investigates lunar deities and legends, such as werewolves, and examines visual responses down the ages through paintings, sculpture, illustrations, photographs, advertising and ephemera. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Journey Through the Universe
A Traveller's Guide from the Centre of the Sum to the Edge of the Unknown
The New Scientist Instant Expert series aims to introduce topics that ‘challenge, engage enquiring minds and open up a deeper understanding of the world’. In this book, the Instant Expert team guide us through space, from our own star and the highlights of the solar system, out into the Milky Way, and on through the intergalactic void to distant galaxies, exploding stars, black holes and dark energy.
The Glass Universe
The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Before women could vote, Harvard Observatory was employing them to interpret astronomical observations. This book tells the stories of a Cambridge student, a young deaf woman, a pregnant Scottish housemaid and several others who between them helped to unravel the principles governing the universe.
How to Live in Space
Everything You Need to Know for the Not-So-Distant Future
The challenges of living in space are multiple: without the Earth’s atmosphere, gravity and rotation, essential activities including breathing, exercising and sleeping require technology. This illustrated ‘space travel manual’ describes all aspects of space travel, from blast-off to the future colonization of Mars, and explores how the development of new technology including graphene is paving the way for space tourism.
Observing the Solar System
The Modern Astronomer's Guide
While modern day amateur astronomy is heavily reliant on digital imaging devices, this practical guide for astronomers of all levels includes techniques on elementary visual observing. It also provides advice for more advanced practitioners who may wish to submit observations to astronomical societies.
Stories in the Stars
An Atlas of Constellations
‘Lying on our backs, we look up at the night sky. This is where stories began’ (John Berger). Drawing on folk and literary traditions of many cultures, this book retells some of the myriad myths and legends inspired by the stars. From Andromeda to Vulpecula (the ‘Little Fox’), each constellation’s story is accompanied by an illustration and a celestial map that shows adjacent constellations and the apparent magnitude of each star as seen from Earth. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
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.