Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

By Alan Hirshfeld

Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist
NBC information “Top technological know-how and Tech Books of the 12 months” selection
Scientific American/FSG “Favorite technological know-how Books of the yr” selection
Nature.com “Top Reads of the yr” selection
Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of the 12 months” selection
Discover journal “Top five summer season Read”

“A masterful stability of technological know-how, historical past and wealthy narrative.” —Discover magazine

“Hirshfeld tells this climactic discovery of the increasing universe with nice verve and sweep, as befits a narrative whose scope, characters and import go away such a lot fiction a long way behind.” —Wall road Journal

Starlight Detectives is simply this type of richly veined e-book i admire to read—full of clinical background and discoveries, peopled by way of genuine heroes and rogues, and instructed with absolute authority. Alan Hirshfeld’s huge, deep wisdom of astronomy arises not just from the main cautious scholarship, but additionally from the years he’s spent on the telescope, posing his personal inquiries to the stars.” —DAVA SOBEL, writer of A extra excellent Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos and Longitude

In 1929, Edwin Hubble introduced the best discovery within the background of astronomy because Galileo first became a telescope to the heavens. The galaxies, formerly believed to drift serenely within the void, are in truth hurtling aside at an immense velocity: the universe is increasing. This wonderful discovery used to be the fruits of a decades-long arc of clinical and technical development. In its shadow lies an untold, but both attention-grabbing, backstory whose solid of characters illuminates the gritty, hard-won nature of medical progress.

The route to a broader mode of cosmic remark was once blazed via a cadre of nineteenth-century novice astronomers and inventors, galvanized via the appearance of images, spectral research, and cutting edge know-how to create the totally new box of astrophysics. From William Bond, who became his domestic right into a sensible observatory, to John and Henry Draper, a father and son staff who have been trailblazers of astrophotography and spectroscopy, to geniuses of invention reminiscent of Léon Foucault, and George Hale, who based the Mount Wilson Observatory, Hirshfeld finds the great stories—and the formidable dreamers—behind the delivery of recent astronomy.

Alan Hirshfeld, Professor of Physics on the collage of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an affiliate of the Harvard university Observatory, is the writer of Parallax: The Race to degree the Cosmos, the electrical lifetime of Michael Faraday, and Eureka guy: The existence and Legacy of Archimedes.

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By Alan Hirshfeld

Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist
NBC information “Top technological know-how and Tech Books of the 12 months” selection
Scientific American/FSG “Favorite technological know-how Books of the yr” selection
Nature.com “Top Reads of the yr” selection
Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of the 12 months” selection
Discover journal “Top five summer season Read”

“A masterful stability of technological know-how, historical past and wealthy narrative.” —Discover magazine

“Hirshfeld tells this climactic discovery of the increasing universe with nice verve and sweep, as befits a narrative whose scope, characters and import go away such a lot fiction a long way behind.” —Wall road Journal

Starlight Detectives is simply this type of richly veined e-book i admire to read—full of clinical background and discoveries, peopled by way of genuine heroes and rogues, and instructed with absolute authority. Alan Hirshfeld’s huge, deep wisdom of astronomy arises not just from the main cautious scholarship, but additionally from the years he’s spent on the telescope, posing his personal inquiries to the stars.” —DAVA SOBEL, writer of A extra excellent Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos and Longitude

In 1929, Edwin Hubble introduced the best discovery within the background of astronomy because Galileo first became a telescope to the heavens. The galaxies, formerly believed to drift serenely within the void, are in truth hurtling aside at an immense velocity: the universe is increasing. This wonderful discovery used to be the fruits of a decades-long arc of clinical and technical development. In its shadow lies an untold, but both attention-grabbing, backstory whose solid of characters illuminates the gritty, hard-won nature of medical progress.

The route to a broader mode of cosmic remark was once blazed via a cadre of nineteenth-century novice astronomers and inventors, galvanized via the appearance of images, spectral research, and cutting edge know-how to create the totally new box of astrophysics. From William Bond, who became his domestic right into a sensible observatory, to John and Henry Draper, a father and son staff who have been trailblazers of astrophotography and spectroscopy, to geniuses of invention reminiscent of Léon Foucault, and George Hale, who based the Mount Wilson Observatory, Hirshfeld finds the great stories—and the formidable dreamers—behind the delivery of recent astronomy.

Alan Hirshfeld, Professor of Physics on the collage of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an affiliate of the Harvard university Observatory, is the writer of Parallax: The Race to degree the Cosmos, the electrical lifetime of Michael Faraday, and Eureka guy: The existence and Legacy of Archimedes.

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Astronomical Applications of Astrometry: Ten Years of Exploitation of the Hipparcos Satellite Data

By Michael Perryman

The Hipparcos satellite tv for pc, built and introduced by means of the eu area service provider (ESA) in 1989, was once the 1st area venture devoted to astrometry - the actual dimension of positions, distances, and correct motions of stars. among the foremost achievements of its measurements are refining the cosmic distance scale, characterizing the large-scale kinematic motions within the sun local, supplying unique luminosities for stellar modelling, and confirming Einstein's prediction of the impression of gravity on starlight. This authoritative account of the Hipparcos contributions over the past decade is a phenomenal reference for astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists. It studies the functions of the knowledge in numerous parts, describing the topic and the cutting-edge earlier than Hipparcos, and summarizing all significant contributions to the subject made through Hipparcos. It incorporates a specified evaluation of the Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues, their annexes and their updates. every one bankruptcy ends with entire references to correct literature.

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By Michael Perryman

The Hipparcos satellite tv for pc, built and introduced by means of the eu area service provider (ESA) in 1989, was once the 1st area venture devoted to astrometry - the actual dimension of positions, distances, and correct motions of stars. among the foremost achievements of its measurements are refining the cosmic distance scale, characterizing the large-scale kinematic motions within the sun local, supplying unique luminosities for stellar modelling, and confirming Einstein's prediction of the impression of gravity on starlight. This authoritative account of the Hipparcos contributions over the past decade is a phenomenal reference for astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists. It studies the functions of the knowledge in numerous parts, describing the topic and the cutting-edge earlier than Hipparcos, and summarizing all significant contributions to the subject made through Hipparcos. It incorporates a specified evaluation of the Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues, their annexes and their updates. every one bankruptcy ends with entire references to correct literature.

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Cosmic Heritage: Evolution from the Big Bang to Conscious Life

By Peter Shaver

This ebook follows the evolutionary path all of the approach from the massive Bang 13.7 billion years in the past to unsleeping lifestyles at the present time. it's an available introductory ebook written for the layperson – an individual drawn to the ‘big photo’ coming from smooth technology. It covers a variety of subject matters together with the beginning and evolution of our universe, the character and foundation of existence, the evolution of existence together with questions of delivery and dying, the evolution of cognition, the character of cognizance, the potential of extraterrestrial lifestyles and the way forward for the universe. The publication is written in a story variety, as those issues are all components of a unmarried tale. It concludes with a dialogue at the nature and way forward for science.

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By Peter Shaver

This ebook follows the evolutionary path all of the approach from the massive Bang 13.7 billion years in the past to unsleeping lifestyles at the present time. it's an available introductory ebook written for the layperson – an individual drawn to the ‘big photo’ coming from smooth technology. It covers a variety of subject matters together with the beginning and evolution of our universe, the character and foundation of existence, the evolution of existence together with questions of delivery and dying, the evolution of cognition, the character of cognizance, the potential of extraterrestrial lifestyles and the way forward for the universe. The publication is written in a story variety, as those issues are all components of a unmarried tale. It concludes with a dialogue at the nature and way forward for science.

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Venus and Mercury, and How to Observe Them (Astronomers' Observing Guides)

By Peter Grego

Venus and Mercury have lengthy been considered as tough ambitions for newbie observers, yet advances in commercially-made telescopes have introduced them in the abilities of observers of in basic terms reasonable adventure. Peter Grego’s attention-grabbing ebook offers an up to date, precise description of the historical past and geology of the so-called inferior planets, and offers the newest, Most worthy suggestion on staring at and recording them with commercially-available telescopes and cameras. The booklet additionally deals a wealth of distinctive functional info on each point of watching, from correctly focusing on the 2 planets, via visible watching, to sketching and digital imaging.

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By Peter Grego

Venus and Mercury have lengthy been considered as tough ambitions for newbie observers, yet advances in commercially-made telescopes have introduced them in the abilities of observers of in basic terms reasonable adventure. Peter Grego’s attention-grabbing ebook offers an up to date, precise description of the historical past and geology of the so-called inferior planets, and offers the newest, Most worthy suggestion on staring at and recording them with commercially-available telescopes and cameras. The booklet additionally deals a wealth of distinctive functional info on each point of watching, from correctly focusing on the 2 planets, via visible watching, to sketching and digital imaging.

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The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta learn this. it's the most enjoyable ebook approximately Pluto you are going to ever learn on your life." ―Jon Stewart

whilst the Rose middle for Earth and house on the American Museum of traditional historical past reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on web page one, "Pluto now not a Planet? purely in New York." instantly, the general public, execs, and press have been deciding on facets over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning writer and director of the Rose heart, is on a quest to find why. He stood on the center of the talk over Pluto's demotion, and for this reason Plutophiles have freely shared their evaluations with him, together with unending hate mail from third-graders. along with his inimitable wit, Tyson provides a minihistory of planets, describes the outsized characters of the folk who examine them, and recounts how America's favourite planet was once ousted from the cosmic hub. colour illustrations

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By Neil deGrasse Tyson

The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta learn this. it's the most enjoyable ebook approximately Pluto you are going to ever learn on your life." ―Jon Stewart

whilst the Rose middle for Earth and house on the American Museum of traditional historical past reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on web page one, "Pluto now not a Planet? purely in New York." instantly, the general public, execs, and press have been deciding on facets over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning writer and director of the Rose heart, is on a quest to find why. He stood on the center of the talk over Pluto's demotion, and for this reason Plutophiles have freely shared their evaluations with him, together with unending hate mail from third-graders. along with his inimitable wit, Tyson provides a minihistory of planets, describes the outsized characters of the folk who examine them, and recounts how America's favourite planet was once ousted from the cosmic hub. colour illustrations

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First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe

By Richard Preston

Seven years sooner than Richard Preston wrote approximately scary viruses in The sizzling Zone, he became his recognition to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his present for developing an exhilarating and soaking up narrative round a fancy medical subject--in this situation the efforts by way of astronomers on the Palomar Observatory within the San Gabriel Mountains of California to look to the farthest edges of area in the course of the Hale Telescope, trying to resolve the riddle of the construction of the universe.

Richard Preston's identify turned a loved ones be aware with The sizzling Zone, which offered approximately 800,000 copies in hardcover, used to be on The big apple Times's bestseller checklist for forty two weeks, and used to be the topic of numerous journal and newspaper articles. Preston has turn into a sought-after commentator on well known technological know-how subjects.

For this hardcover reprint of what has been known as "the top renowned account of astronomy in action," (Kirkus Reviews) he has revised the textual content and written a brand new advent.

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By Richard Preston

Seven years sooner than Richard Preston wrote approximately scary viruses in The sizzling Zone, he became his recognition to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his present for developing an exhilarating and soaking up narrative round a fancy medical subject--in this situation the efforts by way of astronomers on the Palomar Observatory within the San Gabriel Mountains of California to look to the farthest edges of area in the course of the Hale Telescope, trying to resolve the riddle of the construction of the universe.

Richard Preston's identify turned a loved ones be aware with The sizzling Zone, which offered approximately 800,000 copies in hardcover, used to be on The big apple Times's bestseller checklist for forty two weeks, and used to be the topic of numerous journal and newspaper articles. Preston has turn into a sought-after commentator on well known technological know-how subjects.

For this hardcover reprint of what has been known as "the top renowned account of astronomy in action," (Kirkus Reviews) he has revised the textual content and written a brand new advent.

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CliffsQuickReview Astronomy (Cliffs Quick Review (Paperback))

CliffsQuickReview direction courses hide the necessities of your hardest sessions. Get an organization grip on center suggestions and key fabric, and attempt your newfound wisdom with evaluate questions.

From planets, stars, and galaxies to the quest for extraterrestrial existence, CliffsQuickReview Astronomy offers jargon-free factors of the basics — together with all of the most recent discoveries and theories. This consultant introduces every one subject, defines keywords, and punctiliously walks you thru every one pattern challenge step by step. very quickly, you may be able to take on the main thoughts during this publication such as

  • The heritage and technology of astronomy
  • Origin and evolution of the sun system
  • Hertzprung-Russel diagram
  • Final finish states of stars
  • Types of galaxies and their classification

In simple phrases and worthwhile codecs, CliffsQuickReview Astronomy offers an outline of the universe and each recognized kind of item that exits inside it, that you can use your learn time successfully. Use this reference by any means that matches your own sort for learn and evaluation — you opt what works top together with your needs.

With titles to be had for the entire hottest highschool and school classes, CliffsQuickReview courses are a complete source which may assist you get the absolute best grades.

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CliffsQuickReview direction courses hide the necessities of your hardest sessions. Get an organization grip on center suggestions and key fabric, and attempt your newfound wisdom with evaluate questions.

From planets, stars, and galaxies to the quest for extraterrestrial existence, CliffsQuickReview Astronomy offers jargon-free factors of the basics — together with all of the most recent discoveries and theories. This consultant introduces every one subject, defines keywords, and punctiliously walks you thru every one pattern challenge step by step. very quickly, you may be able to take on the main thoughts during this publication such as

  • The heritage and technology of astronomy
  • Origin and evolution of the sun system
  • Hertzprung-Russel diagram
  • Final finish states of stars
  • Types of galaxies and their classification

In simple phrases and worthwhile codecs, CliffsQuickReview Astronomy offers an outline of the universe and each recognized kind of item that exits inside it, that you can use your learn time successfully. Use this reference by any means that matches your own sort for learn and evaluation — you opt what works top together with your needs.

With titles to be had for the entire hottest highschool and school classes, CliffsQuickReview courses are a complete source which may assist you get the absolute best grades.

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Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet (Smithsonian Series)

By Valerie Neal

This ebook areas area commute Discovery in the historical past of the gap commute application and gives an creation to area commute know-how, with a spotlight at the orbiter itself. Discovery's distinctive heritage is gifted project via project that features a short narrative of every challenge, a chart of its key records (dates, period, altitude, payloads, etc.), each one mission's patch with an evidence of its certain symbolism, a team portrait, and to 4 iconic images that catch the detailed actions and successes of every project. The e-book additionally good points anecdotes and thoughts of numerous astronauts who flew on Discovery, in addition to its modernization through the years and its ultimate coaching for retirement on the Smithsonian.

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By Valerie Neal

This ebook areas area commute Discovery in the historical past of the gap commute application and gives an creation to area commute know-how, with a spotlight at the orbiter itself. Discovery's distinctive heritage is gifted project via project that features a short narrative of every challenge, a chart of its key records (dates, period, altitude, payloads, etc.), each one mission's patch with an evidence of its certain symbolism, a team portrait, and to 4 iconic images that catch the detailed actions and successes of every project. The e-book additionally good points anecdotes and thoughts of numerous astronauts who flew on Discovery, in addition to its modernization through the years and its ultimate coaching for retirement on the Smithsonian.

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

By Dava Sobel

Anyone alive within the eighteenth century may have recognized that "the longitude challenge" was once the thorniest medical drawback of the day―and have been for hundreds of years. missing the facility to degree their longitude, sailors during the nice a long time of exploration have been actually misplaced at sea once they overpassed land. millions of lives and the expanding fortunes of countries held on a answer. One guy, John Harrison, in whole competition to the clinical neighborhood, dared to visualize a mechanical solution―a clock that might preserve specified time at sea, whatever no clock had ever been capable of do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human tale of an epic medical quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with construction his ideal timekeeper, recognized at the present time because the chronometer. jam-packed with heroism and chicanery, it's also a desirable short historical past of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a brand new window on our world.

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By Dava Sobel

Anyone alive within the eighteenth century may have recognized that "the longitude challenge" was once the thorniest medical drawback of the day―and have been for hundreds of years. missing the facility to degree their longitude, sailors during the nice a long time of exploration have been actually misplaced at sea once they overpassed land. millions of lives and the expanding fortunes of countries held on a answer. One guy, John Harrison, in whole competition to the clinical neighborhood, dared to visualize a mechanical solution―a clock that might preserve specified time at sea, whatever no clock had ever been capable of do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human tale of an epic medical quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with construction his ideal timekeeper, recognized at the present time because the chronometer. jam-packed with heroism and chicanery, it's also a desirable short historical past of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a brand new window on our world.

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Stars, Myths and Rituals in Etruscan Rome (Space and Society)

This booklet bargains a close and interesting photograph of the outstanding astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, commonly attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was once established. this information, of Mesopotamian origins, comparable in most cases to the planetary events and to the incidence of eclipses within the sunlight method. the writer explains the Numan yr and cycle and illustrates sincerely how astronomical phenomena exerted a strong effect over either private and non-private existence. a chain of concise chapters learn the dates of the Roman fairs, describe the comparable rites and myths and position the gala's with regards to the planetary pursuits and astronomical occasions. unique reference is made to the routine of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of delusion, and the actual importance that Venus used to be thought of to have for girl fertility. The e-book sincerely demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman spiritual calendar and the unique festive days. it's going to charm either to discovered connoisseurs and to amateurs with a specific curiosity within the topic.

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This booklet bargains a close and interesting photograph of the outstanding astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, commonly attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was once established. this information, of Mesopotamian origins, comparable in most cases to the planetary events and to the incidence of eclipses within the sunlight method. the writer explains the Numan yr and cycle and illustrates sincerely how astronomical phenomena exerted a strong effect over either private and non-private existence. a chain of concise chapters learn the dates of the Roman fairs, describe the comparable rites and myths and position the gala's with regards to the planetary pursuits and astronomical occasions. unique reference is made to the routine of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of delusion, and the actual importance that Venus used to be thought of to have for girl fertility. The e-book sincerely demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman spiritual calendar and the unique festive days. it's going to charm either to discovered connoisseurs and to amateurs with a specific curiosity within the topic.

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