Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 the Near and Middle East, Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia

Astronomy and astrology, or the astral sciences, played an enormous, if not a key role in the political and religious life of the Ancient Near East, and, later, of the Greek and Roman world. This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the origins of the astral sciences in the Ancient Near East. Every type of Sumerian or Akkadian text dealing with descriptive or mathematical astronomy, including many individual tablets a...

Big Bang et au-delÃ

La science moderne a révolutionné notre compréhension de l'Univers. Dans ce bref essai, Aurélien Barrau décrit en termes simples le cosmos dessiné par la physique d'aujourd'hui. À la manière d'une promenade mêlant science et philosophie, les fondements et les énigmes du Big Bang, tels les trous noirs ou la possibilité d'univers mutliples, sont abordés les uns après les autres.

Why There's Doubt: Moon Landings

Why do people doubt that America succeeded in landing men on the Moon? Is it simply a matter of wild speculation or are there actual facts to support the claim that man has never stepped foot on the lunar surface? In the face of all the evidence: thousands of photographs, hours of film footage, nearly 400,000 personnel who worked on the project, and astronaut testimony, millions of people the world over believe the Moon landings were...

From Ordered to Chaotic Motion in Celestial Mechanics

This book provides a brief introduction to some basic but important problems in celestial mechanics, and particularly in the few-body problem, such as the permissible and forbidden region of motion, the evolution of moment of inertia of a system, and the orbital stability of asteroids in the solar system. All these are based on some main results in the authors' research works, which are related to the qualitative method of celestial ...

The Cambridge Double Star Atlas

This magnificent atlas contains the most attractive and interesting double and multiple stars for viewing with binoculars and telescopes. It is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects. The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars, it plots over 2,000 selected pairs of stars, each labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations. A superb introduction to this import...

Gravitational Lensing: Strong, Weak and Micro

The observation, in 1919 by A.S. Eddington and collaborators, of the gra- tational de?ection of light by the Sun proved one of the many predictions of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity: The Sun was the ?rst example of a gravitational lens. In 1936, Albert Einstein published an article in which he suggested - ing stars as gravitational lenses. A year later, Fritz Zwicky pointed out that galaxies would act as lenses much more lik...

Astronomy and Big Data

With the onset of massive cosmological data collection through media such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), galaxy classification has been accomplished for the most part with the help of citizen science communities like Galaxy Zoo. Seeking the wisdom of the crowd for such Big Data processing has proved extremely beneficial. However, an analysis of one of the Galaxy Zoo morphological classification data sets has shown that a sig...

The Modern Amateur Astronomer

Along with its companion book, The Observational Amateur Astronomer, this is a comprehensive guide for every amateur astronomer who wants to do more than just stargaze. Each chapter has been written by a well-known professional or amateur astronomer, chosen for their specialist knowledge. Topics range from buying a telescope (or making your own), via electronic equipment and accessories, to more technical aspects such as spectroscopy...

Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century

Today we are all familiar with the iconic pictures of the nebulae produced by the Hubble Space Telescope’s digital cameras. But there was a time, before the successful application of photography to the heavens, in which scientists had to rely on handmade drawings of these mysterious phenomena.           Observing by Hand sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in t...