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Birth, Evolution and Death of Stars

by James Lequeux

It has been known for a long time that stars are similar to our Sun. But it was only in 1810 that they were shown to be made of an incandescent gas. The chemical composition of this gas began to be determined...


First Contact

by Marc Kaufman

Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not.

In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial...


Achieving the Rare: Robert F Christy's Journey in Physics and Beyond

by I-Juliana Christy

Robert F Christy was a legendary physicist, one of the key players in some of the most dramatic events of the 20th century. He was a student of Oppenheimer, who called him “one of the best in the world.”...


The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter

by Katherine Freese

The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe—from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars—constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark...


Planets: Ours and Others: From Earth to Exoplanets

by Thérèse Encrenaz

What is a planet? The answer may seem obvious; still, the definition of a planet has continuously evolved over the centuries, and their number has changed following successive discoveries. In 2006, the decision...


Differential Manifolds: A Basic Approach for Experimental Physicists

by Paul Baillon

Differential Manifold is the framework of particle physics and astrophysics nowadays. It is important for all research physicists to be well accustomed to it and even experimental physicists should be able to...


A History of Astronomy (Routledge Revivals)

by Walter W. Bryant

A History of Astronomy, first published in 1907, offers a comprehensive introduction to the steady development of the science since its inception in the ancient world up to the momentous progress of the nineteenth...


No-Math Theoretical Physics, Essay I - The Time and Motion Relationship

by Thomas Garcia

I offer basic logical analysis of several well-accepted conclusions by certified heroes of science whose logic seems to have gone awry on some of their work, and note that the problem in cosmology seems to stem...


Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies Great Lives Series

by Susan Sloate

The Great Lives Series

Witness history in the making as you turn the pages of time and discover the fascinating lives of famous explorers, leaders of 20th century politics and government, and great Americans....


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...


Plasma Research at the Limit: From the International Space Station to Applications on Earth(With DVD-ROM)

by VLADIMR E FORTOV & GREGOR MORFILL

This book looks behind the scenes at the Plasma Crystal laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) to see how science and research is carried out on the first physical science laboratory in space. As...


Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics

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...


Cosmic Paradoxes

by Julio A Gonzalo

Beginning with the famous Olber's paradox, a number of cosmological paradoxes, such as the missing mass, dark energy, and the baryon-to-photon ratio, have been and are today the subject of many scientific controversies....


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...