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Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional-and What That Means for Life in the Universe

by David Waltham

Why Earth’s life-friendly climate makes it exceptional—and what that means for the likelihood of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life

We have long fantasized about finding life on planets other than our...


Introduction to the Theory of the Early Universe: Hot Big Bang Theory

by Dmitry S Gorbunov & Valery A Rubakov

This book is written from the viewpoint of a deep connection between cosmology and particle physics. It presents the results and ideas on both the homogeneous and isotropic Universe at the hot stage of its evolution...


Big and Bright: A History of the McDonald Observatory

by David S. Evans & J. Derral Mulholland

By day, every year over 40,000 visitors pour in. Across the Rio Grande, a hundred miles away, Mexican mountaineers use the white domes as landmarks. By night, perched almost 7,000 feet above the sleeping, earthbound...


Heaven and Earth in Ancient Mexico: Astronomy and Seasonal Cycles in the Codex Borgia

by Susan Milbrath

The Codex Borgia, a masterpiece that predates the Spanish conquest of central Mexico, records almanacs used in divination and astronomy. Within its beautifully painted screenfold pages is a section (pages 29-46)...


Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel, 1834-1838

by David S. Evans, Terence J. Deeming & Betty Hall Evans

Sir John Herschel, one of the founders of Southern Hemisphere astronomy, was a man of extraordinarily wide interests. He made contributions to botany, geology, and ornithology, as well as to astronomy, chemistry,...


At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology

by Gary Urton

Above Misminay, the sky also is so divided by the alternation of the two axes of the Milky Way passing through the zenith. This mirror-image quadri-partition of terrestrial and celestial spheres is such that...


Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

by Mike Mullane

On February 1, 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, twenty-nine men and six women, were introduced to the world. Among them would be history makers, including the first American woman and the first...


CAPTURE GAMMA-RAY SPECTROSCOPY AND RELATED TOPICS - PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTEENTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

by PAUL E GARRETT & BAHARAK HADINIA

The book contains the proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics held at the University of Guelph from August 28 through September 2, 2011. The proceedings...


BEYOND THE STARS: OUR ORIGINS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

by Paolo Saraceno & David Goodstein

What is the origin of the universe? Are we alone in the Universe? Using clear and plain language, the author explores these two interesting scientific-philosophical themes with a broad range of studies, including...


TOWARDS ULTIMATE UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE - PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST LECOSPA SYMPOSIUM

by PISIN CHEN

The past two decades have observed dramatic advancement in our understanding of the universe. Such progress in turn has triggered further questions yet to be answered. Aspired by such prospects, several institutions...


DARK MATTER, NEUTRINOS, AND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

by Nirmala Prakash

Dark Matter, Neutrinos, and Our Solar System is a unique enterprise that should be viewed as an important contribution to our understanding of dark matter, neutrinos and the solar system. It describes these...


NUCLEAR STRUCTURE IN CHINA 2012 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 14TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR STRUCTURE IN CHINA

by Jie Meng & Cai-Wan Shen

This volume is a collection of the contributions to the 14th National Conference on Nuclear Structure in China (NSC2012). It provides an important updated resource in the nuclear physics literature for researchers...


FROM STARS TO STALAGMITES: HOW EVERYTHING CONNECTS: How Everything Connects

by PAUL S BRATERMAN

Feynman once selected, as the single most important statement in science, that everything is made of atoms. It follows that the properties of everything depend on how these atoms are joined together, giving...


LOW DIMENSIONAL PHYSICS AND GAUGE PRINCIPLES: MATINYAN'S FESTSCHRIFT: Matinyan's Festschrift

by ARA G SEDRAKIAN & VAHE G GURZADYAN

This is a collection of articles on fundamental physical principles and methods, the topics ranging from matrix models, random surfaces, quantum dots and rings, to black holes, cosmology and testing of the tiny...


PARTICLE PHYSICS AT THE TERCENTENARY OF MIKHAIL LOMONOSOV - PROCEEDING OF THE FIFTEENTH LOMONOSOV CONFERENCE ON ELEMENTARY PARTICLE PHYSICS

by ALEXANDER I STUDENIKIN

This volume is devoted to a wide variety of investigations, both in theory and experiment, of particle physics such as electroweak theory, fundamental symmetries, tests of the Standard Model and beyond, neutrino...


A JOURNEY WITH FRED HOYLE (2ND EDITION)

by NALIN CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE & KAMALA WICKRAMASINGHE

This is the story of the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th century science. The journey begins in Sri Lanka, the author's native country, with his childhood acquaintance...


MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH REGIONAL CONFERENCE

by Ugur Camci & Ibrahim Semiz

This volume showcases selected recent work presented at the 13th Regional Conference on Mathematical Physics held in Antalya, Turkey in 2010. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Faheem Hussain, one...


FIRST MAGNITUDE: A BOOK OF THE BRIGHT SKY: A Book of the Bright Sky

by James B Kaler

“First Magnitude” is an entry-level book for readers with brightly lit skies. Its purpose is to show them that all is not lost, that they can still enjoy personal astronomy and have an appreciation of the...


QUEST FOR THE ORIGIN OF PARTICLES AND THE UNIVERSE - PROCEEDINGS OF THE KMI INAUGURATION CONFERENCE

by MASAHARU TANABASHI & KIYOSHI HAYASAKA

The Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe (KMI) was founded at Nagoya University in 2010 under the directorship of T Maskawa, in celebration of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics...


ASTROPARTICLE, PARTICLE, SPACE PHYSICS AND DETECTORS FOR PHYSICS APPLICATIONS - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH ICATPP CONFERENCE

by S Giani & C Leroy

The exploration of the subnuclear world is done through increasingly complex experiments covering a wide range of energy and performed in a large variety of environments ranging from particle accelerators, underground...