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Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume One: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System

by Robert Burnham

Volume I of a comprehensive three-part guide to celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Andromeda to Cetus. Features coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, hundreds of visual aids....


Radiative Transfer

by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

This book by a Nobel Laureate provides the foundation for analysis of stellar atmospheres, planetary illumination, and sky radiation. Suitable for students and professionals in physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics,...


Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Three: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System

by Robert Burnham

Volume III of a comprehensive three-part guide to celestial objects outside our solar system concludes with listings from Pavo to Vulpecula. Features coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, hundreds...


Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Volume Two: An Observer's Guide to the Universe Beyond the Solar System

by Robert Burnham

Volume II of a comprehensive three-part guide to celestial objects outside our solar system ranges from Chamaeleon to Orion. Features coordinates, classifications, physical descriptions, hundreds of visual aids....


Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos

by Alan W. Hirshfeld

Lively, well-illustrated history of measuring the distance to the stars features fascinating historical characters, from ancient Greeks to 19th-century scientists. Will appeal to general readers and amateur...


The Recursive Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge

by William Poundstone

Fascinating journey explores key concepts in information theory in terms of Conway's "Game of Life" program. Topics include the limits of knowledge, paradox of complexity, Maxwell's demon, Big Bang theory, much...


Celestial Harvest: 300-Plus Showpieces of the Heavens for Telescope Viewing and Contemplation

by James Mullaney

Useful guide tells where to look for planets in Earth's solar system, as well as asteroids such as Ceres and Juno, open star clusters, diffuse nebulas, supernova remnants, spiral galaxies, and other phenomena....


Concepts of Space: The History of Theories of Space in Physics: Third, Enlarged Edition

by Max Jammer

Historical surveys consider Judeo-Christian notions of space, Newtonian absolute space, perceptions from 18th century to the present, more. Numerous quotations and references. "Admirably compact and swiftly...


Cosmology, Atomic Theory, Evolution: Classic Readings in the Literature of Science

by William Dampier & Margaret Dampier

From the biblical book of Genesis to Bergson's Creative Evolution, these extracts from world literature illustrate the development of scientific thought from the ancient Greeks to modern times. 1959 edition....


The Creation of the Universe

by George Gamow

Lively and authoritative, this survey by a renowned physicist explains the formation of the galaxies and defines the concept of an ever-expanding universe in simple terms. 1961 edition. 40 figures.


Megaliths, Myths and Men: An Introduction to Astro-Archaeology

by Peter Lancaster Brown

Fascinating study of early astronomical knowledge through the interpretation of such ancient monuments as Stonehenge, Carnac, other megalithic sites. Over 140 photos, maps, illustrations. "Fascinating."— Publishers...


Einstein's Legacy: The Unity of Space and Time

by Julian Schwinger

A Nobel Laureate relates the fascinating story of Einstein and relativity theory in well-illustrated, nontechnical terms, discussing the meaning of time, gravity and its effect on light, the curving of space-time,...


The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900

by Michael J. Crowe

Detailed, scholarly study examines the ideas that developed between 1750 and 1900 regarding the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, including those of Kant, Herschel, Voltaire, Lowell, many others....


Greek Astronomy

by Sir Thomas L. Heath

Superb scholarly study of contributions of Pythagoras, Aristarchus, Anaxagoras, Hipparchus, many other thinkers, to true scientific astronomy. Accessible to science-minded layman. Introduction.


Project Vanguard: The NASA History

by Milton Lomask, Constance McLaughlin Green & Paul Dickson

This authoritative, illustrated history chronicles the Vanguard project, which placed one of the United States' earliest successful man-made satellites into Earth orbit. It analyzes scientific and technical...


On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet, 1958-1978--The NASA History

by Linda Neuman Ezell, Edward Clinton Ezell & Paul Dickson

NASA's official history chronicles the start of our explorations of our planetary neighbor. It recounts cooperation among government, industry, and academia, and it features dozens of photos from Viking cameras....


Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969

by Courtney G. Brooks, James M. Grimwood & Loyd S. Swenson

This illustrated history by a trio of experts is the definitive reference on the Apollo spacecraft and lunar modules. It traces the vehicles' design, development, and operation in space. More than 100 photographs...


Star Lore: Myths, Legends, and Facts

by William Tyler Olcott

Captivating retellings of the origins and histories of ancient star groups include Pegasus, Ursa Major, Pleiades, signs of the zodiac, and other constellations. "Classic." — Sky & Telescope. 58 illustrations....


An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics

by Forest Ray Moulton

Classic text still unsurpassed in presentation of fundamental principles. Covers rectilinear motion, central forces, problems of two and three bodies, much more. Includes over 200 problems, some with answers....


Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics

by Peter C. Hughes

Comprehensive coverage includes environmental torques, energy dissipation, motion equations for four archetypical systems, orientation parameters, illustrations of key concepts with on-orbit flight data, and...