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1 Cunningham, Clifford Discovery of the First Asteroid, Ceres I10426 2016 eBook  
2 Naik, Pramod V Meghnad Saha I10421 2017 eBook  
3 Chinnici, Ileana Merz Telescopes I10412 2017 eBook  
4 Orchiston, Wayne Exploring the History of New Zealand Astronomy I10397 2016 eBook  
5 Voller, Ronald L The Muleskinner and the Stars I10379 2016 eBook  
6 Burgess, Colin Interkosmos I10376 2016 eBook  
7 von Ehrenfried, Manfred "Dutch" The Birth of NASA I10374 2016 eBook  
8 Talbot, Chris David Bohm: Causality and Chance, Letters to Three Women I10371 2017 eBook  
9 Penprase, Bryan E The Power of Stars I10366 2017 eBook  
10 Burgess, Colin Faith 7 I10349 2016 eBook  
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TitleDiscovery of the First Asteroid, Ceres : Historical Studies in Asteroid Research
Author(s)Cunningham, Clifford
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXIII, 333 p. 92 illus., 19 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteBased on extensive primary sources, many never previously translated into English, this is the definitive account of the origins of Ceres as it went from being classified as a new planet to reclassification as the first of a previously unknown group of celestial objects. Cunningham opens this critical moment of astronomical discovery to full modern analysis for the first time. This book includes all the voluminous correspondence, translated into English, between the astronomers of Europe about the startling discovery of Ceres by Piazzi in 1801. It covers the period up to March 1802, at which time Pallas was discovered. Also included are Piazzi's two monographs about Ceres, and the sections of two books dealing with Ceres, one by Johann Bode, the other by Johann Schroeter. The origin of the word 'asteroid' is explained, along with several chapters on the antecedents of the story going back to ancient Greek times. The formulation of Bode's Law is given, as are the details on the efforts of Baron von Zach to organize a search for the supposed missing planet between Mars and Jupiter. Examples of verse created to commemorate the great discovery are included in this first volume. The author, who has a PhD in the History of Astronomy, is a dedicated scholar of the story of asteroids and his research on the discovery of Ceres is comprehensive and fully sourced. The discovery came at a time when rival astronomers were in hot competition with each other, and when the true nature of these celestial bodies was not yet known. With astronomers in France, Italy and beyond vying to understand and receive credit for the new class of astral bodies, drama was not in short supply--nor were scientific advances
ISBN,Price9783319217772
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. HISTORY 6. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. Observations, Astronomical 9. PHYSICS 10. PLANETOLOGY 11. SPACE SCIENCES 12. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleMeghnad Saha : His Life in Science and Politics
Author(s)Naik, Pramod V
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXV, 211 p. 25 illus., 4 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis biography is a short yet comprehensive overview of the life of Meghnad Saha, the mastermind behind the frequently used Saha equations and a strong contributor to the foundation of science in India. The author explores the lesser known details behind the man who played a major role in building scientific institutions in India, developed the breakthrough theory of thermal ionization, and whose fervor about India???s rapid progress in science and technology, along with concern for uplifting his countrymen and optimizing resources, led him to eventually enter politics and identify the mismanagement of many programs of national importance to Parliament. This book is free of most academic technicalities, so that the reader with general scientific knowledge can read and understand it easily. One interested only in Saha???s contribution to physics can pick up just that part and read it. Conversely, the average reader may skip the technical chapters, and read the book without loss of continuity or generality to still get a coherent picture. This work touches on all aspects of Saha???s multidimensional personality, which overflows in the pages of his periodical,??Science and Culture,as well as his many speeches, debates and discussions in Parliament, all of which is appropriately conveyed in this book
ISBN,Price9783319621029
Keyword(s)1. Asia???Politics and government 2. Asian Politics 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY 8. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 9. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 10. PHYSICS 11. THERMODYNAMICS
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TitleMerz Telescopes : A global heritage worth preserving
Author(s)Chinnici, Ileana
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionIX, 185 p. 108 illus., 30 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book comprises a fascinating collection of contributions on the Merz telescopes in Italy that collectively offer the first survey on historical large refracting telescopes in the country, drawing on original documents and photographs. It opens with a general introduction on the importance of Merz telescopes in the history of astronomy and analyses of the local and international contexts in which the telescopes were made. After examination of an example of the interaction between the maker and the astronomer in the construction and maintenance of these refractors, the history of the Merz telescopes at the main Italian observatories in the nineteenth century is described in detail. Expert testimony is also provided on how these telescopes were successfully used until the second half of the twentieth century for research purposes, thus proving their excellent optical qualities
ISBN,Price9783319414867
Keyword(s)1. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 2. Astronomy???Observations 3. Cultural heritage 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. HISTORY 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. Observations, Astronomical
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TitleExploring the History of New Zealand Astronomy : Trials, Tribulations, Telescopes and Transits
Author(s)Orchiston, Wayne
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXLV, 688 p. 397 illus., 152 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteProfessor Orchiston is a foremost authority on the subject of New Zealand astronomy, and here are the collected papers of his fruitful studies in this area, including both those published many years ago and new material. The papers herein review traditional Maori astronomy, examine the appearance of nautical astronomy practiced by Cook and his astronomers on their various stopovers in New Zealand during their three voyagers to the South Seas, and also explore notable nineteenth century New Zealand observatories historically, from significant telescopes now located in New Zealand to local and international observations made during the 1874 and 1882 transits of Venus and the nineteenth and twentieth century preoccupation of New Zealand amateur astronomers with comets and meteors. New Zealand astronomy has a truly rich history, extending from the Maori civilization in pre-European times through to the years when explorers and navigators discovered the region, up to pioneering research on the newly emerging field of radio astronomy during WWII and in the immediate post-war years. This survey of a neglected but rich national astronomical history, does the subject full and comprehensive justice
ISBN,Price9783319225661
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. HISTORY 7. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. PHYSICS
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TitleThe Muleskinner and the Stars : The Life and Times of Milton La Salle Humason, Astronomer
Author(s)Voller, Ronald L
PublicationNew York, NY, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer New York, 2016.
DescriptionXLV, 196 p. 48 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteMilt Humason???s unlikely story began on the shores of the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota, in 1891 and led to the foot of Mount Wilson outside Los Angeles, California, twelve years later. Captivated by his surroundings, the mountain would become the backdrop for his life and career over the next six decades as he first helped build George Ellery Hale???s observatory on the summit and then rose to become one of that institution???s leading figures through the first half of the twentieth century. ?? The story chronicles Humason???s life on Mount Wilson, from his first trip to the mountain to his days as a muleskinner, leading teams of mules hauling supplies to the summit during the construction of the observatory, and follows him through his extraordinary career in spectroscopy, working beside Edwin Hubble as the two helped to reconstruct our concept of the universe, despite having no formal education beyond the eighth grade. His work, which included assisting in the formulation of Hubble???s Law of redshifts, helped to set the field of cosmology solidly on its foundation. ?? Milton Humason was one of the most charismatic characters in science during the first half of the 20th century. Uneducated, streetwise, moonshining, roguish, humble and thoroughly down to earth, he rose by seizing opportunity and using his innate ability and incredible will to become the leading deep space observer of his day. ???The Renaissance man of Mount Wilson,??? as Harlow Shapley once referred to him, Humason???s extraordinary life reminds us that passion and purpose may find us at any moment
ISBN,Price9781493928804
Keyword(s)1. ASTRONOMY 2. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 3. ASTROPHYSICS 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. HISTORY 7. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 8. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleInterkosmos : The Eastern Bloc's Early Space Program
Author(s)Burgess, Colin;Vis, Bert
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXIII, 321 p. 257 illus., 147 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book focuses on the Interkosmos program, which??was formed in 1967, marking a fundamentally new era of cooperation by socialist countries, led by the??Soviet Union,??in the study and exploration of space. The??chapters shed light on the space program that was at that time a prime outlet for??the Soviet Union's aims at becoming a world power. Interkosmos??was a highly publicized Russian space program??that rapidly became a significant propaganda tool for the Soviet??Union in the waning years of communism. Billed as an international?????research-cosmonaut??? imperative, it was also a high-profile means of??displaying solidarity with the nine participating Eastern bloc countries.??Those countries contributed pilots who were trained in Moscow for??week-long ???guest??? missions on orbiting Salyut stations. They did a little??subsidiary science and were permitted only the most basic mechanical??maneuvers. In this enthralling new book, and following extensive international??research, the authors fully explore the background, accomplishments??and political legacy of the Interkosmos program. Through personal and??often highly revealing interviews with many of the participants they??relate the very human story behind this extraordinary but controversial??space venture
ISBN,Price9783319241630
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTRONAUTICS 4. ASTRONOMY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. SPACE SCIENCES 11. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleThe Birth of NASA : The Work of the Space Task Group, America's First True Space Pioneers
Author(s)von Ehrenfried, Manfred "Dutch"
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXV, 358 p. 157 illus., 48 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis is the story of the work of the original NASA space pioneers; men and women who were suddenly organized in 1958 from the then National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the Space Task Group. A relatively small group, they developed the initial mission concept plans and procedures for the U. S. space program. Then they boldly built hardware and facilities to accomplish those missions. The group existed only three years before they were transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, in 1962, but their organization left a large mark on what would follow. Von Ehrenfried's personal experience with the STG at Langley uniquely positions him to describe the way the group was structured and how it reacted to the new demands of a post-Sputnik era. He artfully analyzes how the growing space program was managed and what techniques enabled it to develop so quickly from an operations perspective. The result is a fascinating window into history, amply backed up by first person documentation and interviews
ISBN,Price9783319284286
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTRONAUTICS 4. ASTRONOMY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. SPACE SCIENCES 11. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleDavid Bohm: Causality and Chance, Letters to Three Women
Author(s)Talbot, Chris
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionX, 446 p. 25 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe letters transcribed in this book were written by physicist David Bohm to three close female acquaintances in the period 1950 to 1956. They provide a background to his causal interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Marxist philosophy that inspired his scientific work in quantum theory, probability and statistical mechanics. In his letters, Bohm reveals the ideas that led to his ground breaking book Causality and Chance in Modern Physics. The political arguments as well as the acute personal problems contained in these letters help to give a rounded, human picture of this leading scientist and twentieth century thinker
ISBN,Price9783319554921
Keyword(s)1. EBOOK 2. EBOOK - SPRINGER 3. HISTORY 4. History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics 5. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 6. PHILOSOPHY OF MIND 7. PHYSICS 8. QUANTUM PHYSICS
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TitleThe Power of Stars
Author(s)Penprase, Bryan E
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXI, 350 p. 297 illus., 254 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteCompletely revised and updated, this new edition provides a readable, beautifully illustrated journey through world cultures and the vibrant array of sky mythology, creation stories, models of the universe, temples and skyscrapers that each culture has created to celebrate and respond to the power of the night sky. Sections on the archaeoastronomy of South Asia and South East Asia have been expanded, with original photography and new research on temple alignments in Southern India, and new material describing the astronomical practices of Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. Beautiful photographs of temples in India and Asia have been added, as well as new diagrams explaining the alignment of these structures and the astronomical underpinnings of temples within the Pallava and Chola cultures. From new fieldwork in the Four Corners region of North America, Dr. Penprase has included accounts of Pueblo skywatching and photographs of ceremonial kivas that help elucidate the rich astronomical knowledge of the Pueblo people. The popular ???Archaeoastronomy of Skyscrapers??? section of the book has been updated as well, with new interpretations of skyscrapers in Indonesia, Taiwan and China.With the rapid pace of discovery in astronomy and astrophysics, entirely new perspectives are emerging about dark matter, inflation and the future of the universe. The Power of Stars puts these discoveries in context and describes how they fit into the modern perspective of cosmology, which has arisen from the universal human response to the sky that has inspired both ancient and modern cultures
ISBN,Price9783319525976
Keyword(s)1. ANTHROPOLOGY 2. ARCHAEOLOGY 3. ASTRONOMY 4. Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology 5. ASTROPHYSICS 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. HISTORY 9. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 10. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleFaith 7 : L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., and the Final Mercury Mission
Author(s)Burgess, Colin
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Praxis 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXVIII, 291 p. 244 illus., 88 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book celebrates the final spaceflight in the Mercury series, flown by NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper, who led an adventurous life in the cockpit of airplanes and spacecraft alike, and on his Mercury mission he became the last American ever to rocket into space alone. He flew in the Mercury and Gemini programs and served as head of flight crew operations in both the Apollo and Skylab programs. His final Mercury mission closed out a pivotal chapter in American spaceflight. Based on extensive research and first-person interviews, this is a complete history of the Faith 7 flight and its astronaut. Cooper later gained notoriety following the release of the movie, The Right Stuff, in which he was depicted by Dennis Quaid, but Burgess discovers there was even more drama to his story. This recounting of the final Mercury 7 flight completes Burgess's investigation of the early spaceflight program in thrilling fashion
ISBN,Price9783319305639
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTRONAUTICS 4. ASTRONOMY 5. EBOOK 6. EBOOK - SPRINGER 7. HISTORY 8. HISTORY OF SCIENCE 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. SPACE SCIENCES 11. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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