Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes
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Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes

Thomas William Webb (1807-1885) was an Oxford-educated English clergyman whose deep interest in astronomy and accompanying field observations eventually led to the publication of his Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes in 1859. An attempt 'to furnish the possessors of ordinary telescopes with plain directions for their use, and a list of objects for their advantageous employment', the book was popular with amateur stargazers for ...

Planetary Landers and Entry Probes
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Planetary Landers and Entry Probes

"This book is the most complete general introduction to spacecraft designed to probe, land or penetrate into solar system objects other than the Earth.... One surprising result of reading the book is to realize the large number of missions that have been launched -- about a hundred. The book is an excellent history of what (hopefully) will be considered to be the early years of space travel."

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An Introduction to Optical Stellar Interferometry

This book, first published in 2006, was the first on optical stellar interferometry. It covers the history, theory and future uses of interferometeric techniques. It discusses ideas and instruments used in interferometry for advanced students in physics, optics, and astronomy with an interest in astronomical interferometry.

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The Sun's Influence on Climate

"This succinct volume will be invaluable to scientists and general readers who want to learn more about the Sun and its effects on our climate system. The Sun's Influence on Climate is an excellent book."--Gerald R. North, Texas A&M University

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Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy

During the Middle Ages and early modern times tables were a most successful and economical way to present mathematical procedures and astronomical models and to facilitate computations. Before the sixteenth century astronomical models introduced by Ptolemy in Antiquity were rarely challenged, and innovation consisted in elaborating new methods for calculating planetary positions and other celestial phenomena. Essays on Medieval Compu...

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When the Universe Took a U-turn

This book impressively summarizes in simple words, for any curious mind, a history of physics up to its current and widest challenges. Any reader interested in the foundations of physics will particularly enjoy the second part, where the author shakes some of the great theoretical temptations that may have plagued physics lately. Sidharth's plea ag -- Dr Philippe Journeau "Head of Research, Discinnet Labs, Paris"

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Saturn in the 21st Century

'This volume summarizes what has been gleaned from the gigantic trove of data collected by that mission; each of the 14 chapters was written by a group of experts chosen by the editors. ... until another mission visits the planet, this will be the definitive reference book on Saturn for graduate students and planetary scientists.' T. D. Oswalt, Choice

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Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance

'This extraordinary collection launches our thinking about ethics, law, and public policy at the dawn of commercial spaceflight. Using a variety of literary styles...the authors enable serious consideration of practical, ethically informed policy governing space advertising, asteroid mining, colonization, astronaut enhancement, and others. A must read for anyone who dreams of spacefaring.' Margaret R. McLean, Santa Clara University, ...

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Canonical Gravity and Applications

Providing mathematical foundations as well as physical applications, this is the first systematic explanation of canonical methods in gravity. Ideal for both graduate students and researchers, this book provides a link between standard introductions to general relativity and advanced expositions of black hole physics, theoretical cosmology or quantum gravity.

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The Geology of Mars: Evidence from Earth-Based Analogs

Interpretations of the geological processes operating on Mars are based on our knowledge of processes occurring on Earth. This 2007 book presents contributions from leading planetary geologists to demonstrate the parallels and differences between these two planets, and will therefore be a key reference for students and researchers of planetary science.