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From Eudoxus to Einstein: A History of Mathematical Astronomy

Since humans first looked towards the heavens, they have attempted to predict and explain the motions of the sun, moon, and planets. This book describes the theories of planetary motion that have been developed through the ages, from the homocentric spheres of Eudoxus to Einstein's general theory of relativity. It emphasizes the interaction between progress in astronomy and in mathematics, demonstrating how the two have been inextric...

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Pseudoscience and Science Fiction

Aliens, flying saucers, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity … are we talking about science fiction or pseudoscience? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavours that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter. The most obvious difference between the two is that pseudoscience is presented as fact...

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A Field Guide to Deep-Sky Objects

This star guide enables amateur astronomers to focus on a class of object, and using an observation list that begins with the easiest object, find and move progressively over a period of months to more difficult targets. Includes detailed descriptive summaries of each class of object. Amateur astronomers of all levels will find this book invaluable for its broad-ranging background material, its lists of fascinating objects, and for i...

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Asteroids: Astronomical and Geological Bodies

Asteroid science is a fundamental topic in planetary science and is key to furthering our understanding of planetary formation and the evolution of the Solar System. Ground-based observations and missions have provided a wealth of new data in recent years, and forthcoming missions promise further exciting results. This accessible book presents a comprehensive introduction to asteroid science, summarising the astronomical and geologic...

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Relatività Generale e Teoria della Gravitazione

Un testo moderno e autosufficiente, specificatamente progettato per i corsi semestrali della Laurea Magistrale in Fisica, e accessibile a studenti di indirizzi diversi. Si parte dalle nozioni di base della Relatività Generale e si sviluppa la teoria gravitazionale classica fino a discutere temi di forte interesse attuale, come la fenomenologia delle onde gravitazionali, l’interazione gravitazionale dei campi spinoriali e l’estensione...

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Complexity Science in Air Traffic Management

Air traffic management (ATM) comprises a highly complex socio-technical system that keeps air traffic flowing safely and efficiently, worldwide, every minute of the year. Over the last few decades, several ambitious ATM performance improvement programmes have been undertaken. Such programmes have mostly delivered local technological solutions, whilst corresponding ATM performance improvements have fallen short of stakeholder expectat...

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Methodisch korrektes Biertrinken: ... und weitere Erkenntnisse aus einer Nacht mit Physik

Quantenmechanik und Festkörperphysik bestimmen unseren Alltag – aber wie funktioniert das eigentlich alles? Reinhard Remfort erzählt Geschichten aus dem Nachtleben eines Physikers. Wieviele Hände braucht es, um beim Stagediven eine Bauchlandung zu vermeiden? Was hat Radioaktivität mit Bierschaum zu tun? Wer mit einem Physiker feiern geht, steht niemals im Dunkeln und wird sich sicher nicht langweilen. Wer sonst kann saure Gurken in S...

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The Physics of the Early Universe

The Physics of the Early Universe is an edited and expanded version of the lectures given at a recent summer school of the same name. Its aim is to present an advanced multi-authored textbook that meets the needs of both postgraduate students and young researchers interested in, or already working on, problems in cosmology and general relativity, with emphasis on the early universe. A particularly strong feature of the present work i...

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Secrets of the Hoary Deep: A Personal History of Modern Astronomy

The discovery of x-rays continues to have a profound and accelerating effect on the field of astronomy. It has opened the cosmos to exploration in ways previously unimaginable and fundamentally altered the methods for pursuing information about our solar system and beyond. Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi’s highly personal account of the birth and evolution of x-ray astronomy reveals the science, people, and institutional setting...