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1 Kenna, Ralph Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives I10033 2017 eBook  
2 Levy, David H The Starlight Night I09335 2016 eBook  
3 McKenna-Lawlor, Susan M.P Whatever Shines Should be Observed I11498 2003 eBook  
4 Dong-Won Kim Leadership and Creativity I11427 2002 eBook  
5 Chab??s, Jos?? The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo I11364 2003 eBook  
6 D'Agostino, S A History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics I11334 2000 eBook  
7 UDIAS, Agustin Searching the Heavens and the Earth I11264 2003 eBook  
8 Xiang Chen Instrumental Traditions and Theories of Light I11257 2000 eBook  
9 Selin, Helaine Astronomy Across Cultures I11171 2000 eBook  
10 Kruit, Piet C. van der The Legacy of J.C. Kapteyn I11009 2000 eBook  
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TitleMaths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives
Author(s)Kenna, Ralph;MacCarron, M??ir??n;MacCarron, P??draig
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionX, 228 p. 64 illus., 47 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteWith an emphasis on exploring measurable aspects of ancient narratives, Maths Meets Myths sets out to investigate age-old material with new techniques. This book collects, for the first time, novel quantitative approaches to studying sources from the past, such as chronicles, epics, folktales, and myths. It contributes significantly to recent efforts in bringing together natural scientists and humanities scholars in investigations aimed at achieving greater understanding of our cultural inheritance. Accordingly, each contribution reports on a modern quantitative approach applicable to narrative sources from the past, or describes those which would be amenable to such treatment and why they are important. This volume is a unique state-of-the-art compendium on an emerging research field which also addresses anyone with interests in quantitative approaches to humanities
ISBN,Price9783319394459
Keyword(s)1. Applications of Graph Theory and Complex Networks 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. Historical linguistics 5. HISTORY 6. History, general 7. Medieval philosophy 8. Methodology of the Social Sciences 9. PHYSICS 10. SOCIAL SCIENCES
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TitleThe Starlight Night : The Sky in the Writings of Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Hopkins
Author(s)Levy, David H
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXXXII, 214 p. 27 illus., 21 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteIn this updated second edition renowned amateur comet-searcher David H. Levy expands on his work about the intricate relationship between the night sky and the works of English Literature. This revised and expanded text includes new sections on Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerald Manley Hopkins (both amateur astronomers), extending the time period analyzed in the first edition from early modern literature to encompass the Victorian age. Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, British authors offer an especially fertile connection to the heavens, and Levy links the works of seminal authors from Shakespeare on to specific celestial events and scientific advances.?? From the impact of comets and supernovae to eclipses, Levy???s ultimate goal in this book is to inspire his readers to do the same thing as their ancestors did so long ago???look up and appreciate the stars. His insights in this revised book spread farther and wider than ever before in this learned and enchanting tour of the skies
ISBN,Price9783319198781
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORY 6. History, general 7. Language and Literature 8. LINGUISTICS 9. Observations, Astronomical 10. Philology
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TitleWhatever Shines Should be Observed : [quicquid nitet notandum]
Author(s)McKenna-Lawlor, Susan M.P
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2003.
DescriptionXXII, 158 p. 33 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteIt is good to mark the new Millennium by looking back as well as forward. Whatever Shines Should Be Observed looks to the nineteenth century to celebrate the achievements of five distinguished women, four of whom were born in Ireland while the fifth married into an Irish family, who made pioneering contributions to photography, microscopy, astronomy and astrophysics. The women featured came from either aristocratic or professional families. Thus, at first sight, they had many material advantages among their peers. In the ranks of the aristocracy there was often a great passion for learning, and the mansions in which these families lived contained libraries, technical equipment (microscopes and telescopes) and collections from the world of nature. More modest professional households of the time were rich in books, while activities such as observing the stars, collecting plants etc. typically formed an integral part of the children's education. To balance this it was the prevailing philosophy that boys could learn, in addition to basic subjects, mathematics, mechanics, physics, chemistry and classical languages, while girls were channelled into 'polite' subjects like music and needlework. This arrangement allowed boys to progress to University should they so wish, where a range of interesting career choices (including science and engineering) was open to them. Girls, on the other hand, usually received their education at home, often under the tutelage of a governess who would not herself had had any serious contact with scientific or technical subjects. In particular, progress to University was not during most of the nineteenth century an option for women, and access to scientific libraries and institutions was also prohibited. Although those women with aristocratic and professional backgrounds were in a materially privileged position and had an opportunity to 'see' through the activities of their male friends and relatives how professional scientific life was lived, to progress from their places in society to the professions required very special determination. Firstly, they had to individually acquire scientific and technical knowledge, as well as necessary laboratory methodology, without the advantage of formal training. Then, it was necessary to carve out a niche in a particular field, despite the special difficulties attending the publication of scientific books or articles by a woman. There was no easy road to science, or even any well worn track. To achieve recognition was a pioneering activity without discernible ground rules. With the hindsight of history, we recognise that the heroic efforts which the women featured in this volume made to overcome the social constraints that held them back from learning about, and participating in, scientific and technical subjects, had a consequence on a much broader canvas. In addition to what they each achieved professionally they contributed within society to a gradual erosion of those barriers raised against the participation of women in academic life, thereby assisting in allowing University places and professional opportunities to gradually become generally available. It is a privilege to salute and thank the wonderful women of the nineteenth century herein described for what they have contributed to the women of today. William Herschel's famous motto quicquid nitet notandum (whatever shines should be observed) applies in a particular way to the luminous quality of their individual lives, and those of us who presently observe their shining, as well as those who now wait in the wings of the coming centuries to emerge upon the scene, can each see a little further by their light
ISBN,Price9789401703512
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORY 6. History, general 7. Observations, Astronomical
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TitleLeadership and Creativity : A History of the Cavendish Laboratory, 1871???1919
Author(s)Dong-Won Kim
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2002.
DescriptionXXIV, 226 p : online resource
Abstract NoteHistorical accounts of successful laboratories often consist primarily of reminiscences by their directors and the eminent people who studied or worked in these laboratories. Such recollections customarily are delivered at the celebration of a milestone in the history of the laboratory, such as the institution's fiftieth or one?? hundredth anniversary. Three such accounts of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge have been recorded. The first of these, A History of the Cavendish Laboratory, 1871-1910, was published in 1910 in honor of the twenty?? fifth anniversary of Joseph John Thomson's professorship there. The second, The Cavendish Laboratory, 1874-1974, was published in 1974 to commemorate the one?? hundredth anniversary of the Cavendish. The third, A Hundred Years and More of Cambridge Physics, is a short pamphlet, also published at the centennial of the 1 Cavendish. These accounts are filled with the names of great physicists (such as James Clerk Maxwell, Lord Rayleigh, J. J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, and William Lawrence Bragg), their glorious achievements (for example, the discoveries of the electron, the neutron, and DNA) and interesting anecdotes about how these achievements were reached. But surely a narrative that does justice to the history of a laboratory must recount more than past events. Such a narrative should describe a living entity and provide not only details of the laboratory's personnel, organization, tools, and tool kits, but should also explain how these components interacted within 2 their wider historical, cultural, and social contexts
ISBN,Price9789401720557
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. HISTORY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. History, general 6. PHYSICS 7. SCIENCE EDUCATION
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TitleThe Alfonsine Tables of Toledo
Author(s)Chab??s, Jos??;Goldstein, B.R
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2003.
DescriptionXIII, 341 p. 4 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe Alfonsine Tables of Toledo is for historians working in the fields of astronomy, science, the Middle Ages, Spanish and other Romance languages. It is also of interest to scholars interested in the history of Castile, in Castilian-French relations in the Middle Ages and in the history of patronage. It explores the Castilian canons of the Alfonsine Tables and offers a study of their context, language, astronomical content, and diffusion. The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo is unique in that it: includes an edition of a crucial text in history of science; provides an explanation of astronomy as it was practiced in the Middle Ages; presents abundant material on early scientific language in Castilian; presents new material on the diffusion of Alfonsine astronomy in Europe; describes the role of royal patronage of science in a medieval context
ISBN,Price9789401702133
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORY 6. History, general 7. Observations, Astronomical 8. Romance languages
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TitleA History of the Ideas of Theoretical Physics : Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Physics
Author(s)D'Agostino, S
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2000.
DescriptionXVIII, 382 p : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book presents a perspective on the history of theoretical physics over the past two hundreds years. It comprises essays on the history of pre-Maxwellian electrodynamics, of Maxwell's and Hertz's field theories, and of the present century's relativity and quantum physics. A common thread across the essays is the search for and the exploration of themes that influenced significant con?? ceptual changes in the great movement of ideas and experiments which heralded the emergence of theoretical physics (hereafter: TP). The fun. damental change involved the recognition of the scien?? tific validity of theoretical physics. In the second half of the nine?? teenth century, it was not easy for many physicists to understand the nature and scope of theoretical physics and of its adept, the theoreti?? cal physicist. A physicist like Ludwig Boltzmann, one of the eminent contributors to the new discipline, confessed in 1895 that, "even the formulation of this concept [of a theoretical physicist] is not entirely without difficulty". 1 Although science had always been divided into theory and experiment, it was only in physics that theoretical work developed into a major research and teaching specialty in its own right. 2 It is true that theoretical physics was mainly a creation of tum?? of-the century German physics, where it received full institutional recognition, but it is also undeniable that outstanding physicists in other European countries, namely, Ampere, Fourier, and Maxwell, also had an important part in its creation
ISBN,Price9789401090346
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. HISTORY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. History, general 6. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS 7. Philosophy and science 8. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 9. PHYSICS 10. Physics, general 11. Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
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TitleSearching the Heavens and the Earth : The History of Jesuit Observatories
Author(s)UDIAS, Agustin
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2003.
DescriptionXIII, 373 p. 44 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteJesuits established a large number of astronomical, geophysical and meteorological observatories during the 17th and 18th centuries and again during the 19th and 20th centuries throughout the world. The history of these observatories has never been published in a complete form. Many early European astronomical observatories were established in Jesuit colleges. During the 17th and 18th centuries Jesuits were the first western scientists to enter into contact with China and India. It was through them that western astronomy was first introduced in these countries. They made early astronomical observations in India and China and they directed for 150 years the Imperial Observatory of Beijing. In the 19th and 20th centuries a new set of observatories were established. Besides astronomy these now included meteorology and geophysics. Jesuits established some of the earliest observatories in Africa, South America and the Far East. Jesuit observatories constitute an often forgotten chapter of the history of these sciences
ISBN,Price9789401703499
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORICAL GEOLOGY 6. HISTORY 7. History, general 8. Observations, Astronomical
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TitleInstrumental Traditions and Theories of Light : The Uses of Instruments in the Optical Revolution
Author(s)Xiang Chen
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2000.
DescriptionXXIII, 213 p : online resource
Abstract NoteAn analysis of the optical revolution in the context of early 19th century Britain. Far from merely involving the replacement of one optical theory by another, the revolution also involved substantial changes in instruments and the practices that surrounded them. People's judgements about classification, explanation and evaluation were affected by the way they used such optical instruments as spectroscopes, telescopes, polarisers, photometers, gratings, prisms and apertures. There were two instrumental traditions in this historical period, each of which nurtured a body of practice that exemplified how optical instruments should be operated, and especially how the eye should be used. These traditions functioned just like paradigms, shaping perspectives and even world views. Readership: Scholars and graduate students in the history of science, history of instrument, philosophy of science and science studies. Can also be used as a textbook in graduate courses on 19th century physics
ISBN,Price9789401141956
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. HISTORY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. History, general 6. Philosophy and science 7. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 8. PHYSICS
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TitleAstronomy Across Cultures : The History of Non-Western Astronomy
Author(s)Selin, Helaine
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2000.
DescriptionXXIII, 665 p : online resource
Abstract NoteAstronomy Across Cultures: A History of Non-Western Astronomy consists of essays dealing with the astronomical knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, among others, the book includes essays on Sky Tales and Why We Tell Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays address the connections between science and culture and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay is well illustrated and contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both the history of science and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups
ISBN,Price9789401141796
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. Culture???Study and teaching 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. HISTORY 7. History of Mathematical Sciences 8. History, general 9. MATHEMATICS 10. Observations, Astronomical 11. Regional and Cultural Studies
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TitleThe Legacy of J.C. Kapteyn : Studies on Kapteyn and the Development of Modern Astronomy
Author(s)Kruit, Piet C. van der;Berkel, Klaas van
PublicationDordrecht, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Netherlands, 2000.
Description404 p : online resource
Abstract NoteJacobus Cornelius Kapteyn (1851-1922) of the University of Groningen was one of the foremost astronomers of his time, resulting in a leading role internationally of Dutch astronomy throughout the twentieth century. This volume, which is the proceedings of a special `legacy' symposium at the celebration of the 385th anniversary of the University of Groningen, addresses Kapteyn's influence on the development of modern astronomy through studies of his pioneering work on statistical astronomy and the Structure of the Sidereal System, and his leadership in establishing international collaborations, in particular the Plan of Selected Areas. In addition to historical studies related to Kapteyn's person, work, international collaborations and organisational efforts, the volume discusses the influence of Kapteyn on the internationalisation of astronomy and on contemporary astronomy. It also provides an inventory of Kapteyn's correspondence
ISBN,Price9789401098649
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORY 6. History, general 7. Observations, Astronomical
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