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Download Ptolemy's Geography. An Annotated Translation of the by J. Lennart Berggren, Alexander Jones PDF

By J. Lennart Berggren, Alexander Jones

Ptolemy's Geography is the single e-book on cartography to have survived from the classical interval and some of the most influential clinical works of all time. Written within the moment century advert, for greater than fifteen centuries it was once the main distinct topography of Europe and Asia on hand and the easiest reference on how one can assemble facts and draw maps. Ptolemy championed using astronomical remark and utilized arithmetic in deciding upon geographical destinations. yet extra importantly, he brought the perform of writing down coordinates of range and longitude for each characteristic drawn on an international map, in order that another person owning purely the textual content of the Geography may well reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in entire or partially, at any scale.

Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and supply an intensive creation, which treats the old and technical heritage of Ptolemy's paintings, the contents of the Geography, and the later heritage of the paintings. additionally integrated listed below are specific colour reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early published variations of the textual content, consultant of the gorgeous and useful cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's paintings. Historians of technology, classicists, and someone who enjoys attractive maps or map making will locate this paintings an integral addition to their library.

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Download Stargazing: Astronomy without a Telescope (2nd Edition) by Patrick Moore PDF

By Patrick Moore

On a transparent evening, the vastness and sweetness of the star-filled sky is awe inspiring. In Stargazing: Astronomy and not using a Telescope Patrick Moore, Britain's top recognized astronomer, tells you all you want to find out about the universe noticeable to the bare eye. through charts and illustrations, he explains how one can "read" the celebrities, to understand which constellations lie overhead, their trajectory through the seasons, and the legends ascribed to them. In a month-by-month consultant he describes utilizing specific celebrity maps of the evening skies of either the northern and southern hemispheres. He additionally takes a glance on the planets, the sunlight and the Moon and their eclipses, comets, meteors, in addition to aurorae and different celestial phenomena--all in available clinical element. This beautiful booklet exhibits how, despite simply the bare eye, astronomy could be a attention-grabbing and worthwhile hobby--for lifestyles.

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Download The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the by Marcelo Gleiser PDF

By Marcelo Gleiser

"An highbrow accomplishment that illuminates the magic and the knowledge of the heavens above."—Kirkus Reviews"Tracing our contemplation of the cosmos from the massive bang to the massive crunch" (The New Yorker), Marcelo Gleiser explores the shared quest of historic prophets and modern-day astronomers to provide an explanation for the unusual phenomena of our skies—from the apocalypse foretold in Revelations to fashionable science's ongoing identity of a number of cataclysmic threats, together with the effect of comets and asteroids on earthly lifestyles, the chance of destiny collisions, the which means of sunlight eclipses and the demise of stars, the consequences of black holes for time commute, and the final word destiny of the universe and time. featuring insights to cosmological technology and apocalyptic philosophy in an "easily available" (Library magazine) sort, Gleiser is "a infrequent astrophysicist as cozy quoting Scripture as explaining formulation" (Booklist). ok. C. Cole praises his skill to "[work] the entwined threads of technology and faith right into a imaginative and prescient of 'the finish' that's unusually comforting and inspiring." 37 b/w illustrations

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Download Viewing and Imaging the Solar System: A Guide for Amateur by Jane Clark PDF

By Jane Clark

Viewing and Imaging the sunlight procedure: A advisor for newbie Astronomers is if you happen to are looking to improve their skill to watch and picture sunlight method gadgets, together with the planets and moons, the solar, and comets and asteroids. they could be newcomers, or they might have already owned and used an astronomical telescope for a yr or more.

Newcomers are in most cases wowed by way of points of interest reminiscent of the jewelry of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter, yet have little proposal how to define those items for themselves (with the most obvious exceptions of the sunlight and Moon). additionally they want counsel approximately what gear to exploit, along with a telescope.

This publication is written by means of a professional at the sunlight method, who has had loads of adventure with outreach courses, which educate others tips on how to utilize quite uncomplicated and inexpensive gear. that doesn't suggest that this ebook isn't really for critical amateurs. to the contrary, it's designed to teach novice astronomers, in a comparatively light-hearted—and math-free way—how to turn into severe.

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Download Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volumes 1-4 by Paul Murdin PDF

By Paul Murdin

In a special collaboration, Nature Publishing staff and Institute of Physics Publishing have released the main wide and finished reference paintings in astronomy and astrophysics in either print and on-line codecs. regrettably the print variation is presently out of print, however the frequently up to date net is still energetic and will be discovered at www.ency-astro.com. This specified source covers the complete box of astronomy and astrophysics and this on-line model contains the entire textual content of over 2,750 articles, plus refined seek and retrieval performance, hyperlinks to the first literature, and is usually up-to-date with new fabric. An lively editorial staff, headed by means of the Encyclopaedia's editor-in-chief, Maul Murdin, oversee the continuous commissioning, reviewing and loading of recent and revised content material. The Encyclopaedia's authority is guaranteed by means of editorial and advisory forums drawn from the world's leading astronomers and astrophysicists. this primary classification source should be a necessary resource of knowledge for undergraduates, graduate scholars, researchers and professional pros, in addition to for dedicated amateurs, librarians and lay humans wishing to refer to the definitive astronomy and astrophysics reference paintings.

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Download The Egypt Code by Robert Bauval PDF

By Robert Bauval

Why did the ancients align their monuments so accurately with the celebs? What have been the sensible and symbolic purposes in the back of those mysterious configurations? From the writer of The Orion Mystery, the best-selling booklet that brought the innovative star-correlation concept concerning the Giza pyramids, The Egypt Code unearths an grand Grand Unified Plan in the back of the mythical temples of higher Egypt.

Robert Bauval, one of many world’s so much well-liked and arguable Egyptologists, completes his groundbreaking research of astronomy as with regards to Egyptian monuments and similar spiritual texts. The Egypt Code revisits the Pyramid Age and the outdated state, featuring an unlimited sky-ground correlation for the Memphite-Heliopolis area, and featuring the potential of a grand plan spanning 3 thousand years of Pharaonic civilization and related to pyramids and significant temple websites alongside the Nile.

The vital proposal of the e-book is that the cosmic order, which the ancients often called "Maat," used to be constituted of the observable cycles of the sunlight and stars, particularly the big name Sirius, and that the adjustments that came about as a result precession of the equinoxes and the so-called Sothic Cycle are mirrored within the orientation and site of non secular websites.

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Download Life Beyond Earth: The Search for Habitable Worlds in the by Thérèse Encrenaz, Athena Coustenis PDF

By Thérèse Encrenaz, Athena Coustenis

What's existence and the place can it exist? What searches are being made to spot stipulations for all times on different worlds? If extraterrestrial inhabited worlds are stumbled on, how will we discover them? during this e-book, best astrophysicists offer an enticing account of the place we stand in our quest for liveable environments, within the sunlight procedure and past. ranging from simple suggestions, the narrative builds scientifically, together with extra in-depth fabric as boxed additions to the most textual content. The authors recount attention-grabbing fresh discoveries from area missions and observations utilizing ground-based telescopes, of attainable life-related artefacts in Martian meteorites, extrasolar planets, and subsurface oceans on Europa, Titan and Enceladus. in addition they offer a ahead glance to destiny missions. this can be an exhilarating, informative learn for someone drawn to the hunt for liveable and inhabited planets, and a very good primer for college kids in astrobiology, habitability, planetary technology and astronomy.

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Download Classics in Radio Astronomy by Woodruff Turner Sullivan III (auth.) PDF

By Woodruff Turner Sullivan III (auth.)

Radio suggestions have been the nrst to steer astronomy clear of the quiescent and restricted Universe printed via conventional observations at optical wave­ lengths. within the earliest days of radio astronomy, a handful of radio physicists and engineers made one startling discovery after one other as they unfolded the radio sky. With this number of vintage papers and the large intro­ ductory fabric, the reader can event those interesting discoveries, in addition to comprehend the constructing concepts and persist with the motivations which triggered a few of the strains of inquiry. for example she or he will keep on with intimately the various makes an attempt to notice radio waves from the sunlight on the flip of the century; the unravelling through Jansky of a "steady hiss kind static"; the very good tale of Reber who equipped a nine meter dish in his yard in 1937 after which mapped the Milky method; the very important discoveries by way of hi there and associates of radio bursts from the solar and of a discrete resource within the constellation of Cygnus; the advance of receivers and interferometry within the post-war years by means of the teams led by way of Ryle in Cambridge and Pawsey in Sydney; the nrst measurements and interesting identiftcations of Taurus A (the Crab Nebula), Centaurus A, Virgo A, Cassiopeia A, and Cygnus A, the final commencing the neld of radio cosmology; the early improvement of synchroton thought; and the prediction and discovery seven years later of the 21 cm line of impartial hy­ drogen.

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Download Statistical Challenges in Astronomy by Eric D. Feigelson, Jogesh Babu PDF

By Eric D. Feigelson, Jogesh Babu

Digital sky surveys, high-precision astrometry from satellite tv for pc information, deep-space facts from orbiting telescopes, and so forth have all elevated the amount and caliber of astronomical facts by means of orders of value according to yr for a number of years. Making feel of this wealth of knowledge calls for subtle statistical recommendations. thankfully, statistical methodologies have equally made nice strides lately. robust synergies therefore emerge while astronomers and statisticians take part analyzing astrostatistical difficulties and approaches.

The ebook starts with an old assessment and instructional articles on simple cosmology for statisticians and the foundations of Bayesian research for astronomers. As in previous volumes during this sequence, learn contributions discussing themes in a single box are joined with statement from students within the different. hence, for instance, an summary of Bayesian tools for Poissonian info is joined by way of discussions of making plans astronomical observations with optimum potency and nested types to house instrumental effects.

The central subject matter for the quantity is the statistical tools had to version basic features of the early universe on its biggest scales.

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