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Calculating the cosmos : how mathematics unveils the universe
Stewart, Ian, 1945- author
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2016]
Prologue -- Attraction at a distance -- Collapse of the solar nebula -- Inconstant Moon -- The clockwork cosmos -- Celestial police -- The planet that swallowed its children -- Cosimo's stars -- Off on a comet -- Chaos in the cosmos -- The interplanetary superhighway -- Great balls of fire -- Great sky river -- Alien worlds -- Dark stars -- Skeins and voids -- The cosmic egg -- The big blow-up -- The dark side -- Outside the universe -- Epilogue.

"In Calculating the Cosmos, Ian Stewart presents an exhilarating guide to the cosmos, from our solar system to the entire universe. He describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it's all going to end. He considers parallel universes, the fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms extraterrestrial life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Beginning with the Babylonian integration of mathematics into the study of astronomy and cosmology, Stewart traces the evolution of our understanding of the cosmos: How Kepler's laws of planetary motion led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. How, two centuries later, tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his general theory of relativity. How, eighty years ago, the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the development of the Big Bang theory of its origins. How single-point origin and expansion led cosmologists to theorize new components of the universe, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today's universe? Does dark matter actually exist? Could a scientific revolution that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe be on the way? In an exciting and engaging style, Calculating the Cosmos is a mathematical quest through the intricate realms of astronomy and cosmology."--Dust jacket.
Kresge Popular Science QB981 .S83 2016

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars
Sobel, Dava, author
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
Part one, The colors of starlight : Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two, Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me! : Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three, In the depths above : Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates.

"New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-known true story of women in science. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or "human computers," to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the women turned to studying images of the stars captured on glass photographic plates, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what the stars were made of, divided them into meaningful categories for further research, and even found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries,and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women whose vital contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry QB34.5 .S63 2016

Solar planetary systems : stardust to terrestrial and extraterrestrial planetary sciences
Bhattacharya, Asit B., author
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Our solar planetary system at a glance -- Is the solar system stable? -- Origin of the solar system -- Hypotheses concerning the formation of solar system -- Solar system exploration across the universe -- Solar-like planetary systems -- Detecting exoplanets and searching for habitable zones in solar and extrasolar planetary systems -- Wonders of the solar and extrasolar planetary systems -- Solar modulation and the planetary global electric circuit -- Dynamic atmosphere of the sun -- Plasma processes of the sun -- Climate changes in the solar system -- Observed planetary climate changes -- Organic life limitations in planetary systems -- Solar satellites -- Spacecraft facts and missions -- Radio astronomy and planetary observation -- Planetary radio astronomy projects -- The telescope: the essential tool -- Space telescopes: an in-depth view -- The Pluto mission: history and findings.

"The authors have put forth great efforts in gathering present day knowledge about different objects within our solar system and universe. This book features the most current information on the subject with information acquired from noted scientists in this area. The main objective is to convey the importance of the subject and provide detailed information on the physical makeup of our planetary system and technologies used for research. Information on educational projects has also been included in the Radio Astronomy chapters.This information is a real plus for students and educators considering a career in Planetary Science or for increasing their knowledge about our planetary system"--
Kresge QB501 .B53 2017

Cosmology with Matlab : with companion media pack
Green, Dan, author
Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., [2016]
Kresge QB981 .G74 2016

The foundations of celestial reckoning : three ancient Chinese astronomical systems
Cullen, Christopher, author
New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
General introduction -- The Triple Concordance astronomical system : San tong li -- The Han Quarter Remainder system : Han si fen li -- The Uranic Manifestation astronomical system : Qian xiang li -- Han discussions of astronomical systems and their development : two texts.
Kresge QB17 .C85 2017

The Caldwell objects : a list of 109 celestial delights compiled by Sir Patrick Moore
O'Meara, Stephen James, 1956- author
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Kresge QB64 .O64 2016

Why time flies : a mostly scientific investigation
Burdick, Alan, author
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017
Foreword -- The hours -- The days -- The instants -- Why time flies.

""Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all, "
Kresge Popular Science QB213 .B925 2017

Astronomy : at play in the cosmos
Frank, Adam, 1962-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2017]
Part I: Bedrock. Getting started : science, astronomy, and being human ; A universe made, a universe discovered : the night sky and the dawn of astronomy ; A universe of universal laws : from the Copernican revolution to Newton's gravity ; A universe of universal laws : how light, matter, and heat shape the cosmos -- Part II: Planets near and far. The architecture and birth of planetary systems ; Home base : Earth and the Moon ; Sibling worlds : Mercury, Venus, and Mars ; Gas, ice, and stone : the outer planets ; Life and the search for habitable worlds -- Part III: A galaxy of stars. The sun as a star ; Measuring the stars : the main sequence and its meaning ; Nursery of the stars : the interstellar medium and star formation ; To the graveyard of stars : the end points of stellar evolution ; Down the rabbit hole : relativity and black holes -- Part IV: A universe of galaxies. Our city of stars : the Milky Way ; A universe of galaxies ; The cosmic web : the large-scale structure of the universe ; Endings and beginnings : cosmology -- Appendices -- Selected answers -- Glossary.
Kresge QB44.3 .F73 2017

Roman portable sundials : the empire in your hand
Talbert, Richard J. A., 1947- author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry QB215 .T35 2017

A portable cosmos : revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world
Jones, Alexander, author
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
The wreck and the discovery -- The investigations -- Looking at the mechanism -- Calendars and games -- Stars, sun, and moon -- Eclipses -- The wanderers -- Hidden workings -- The meaning of the mechanism.

"From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Terracotta Army, ancient artifacts have long fascinated the modern world. However, the importance of some discoveries is not always immediately understood. This was the case in 1901 when sponge divers retrieved a lump of corroded bronze from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek island of Antikythera. Little did the divers know they had found the oldest known analog computer in the world, an astonishing device that once simulated the motions of the stars and planets as they were understood by ancient Greek astronomers. Its remains now consist of 82 fragments, many of them containing gears and plates engraved with Greek words, that scientists and scholars have pieced back together through painstaking inspection and deduction, aided by radiographic tools and surface imaging. More than a century after its discovery, many of the secrets locked in this mysterious device can now be revealed. In addition to chronicling the unlikely discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, author Alexander Jones takes readers through a discussion of how the device worked, how and for what purpose it was created, and why it was on a ship that wrecked off the Greek coast around 60 BC. What the Mechanism has uncovered about Greco-Roman astronomy and scientific technology, and their place in Greek society, is truly amazing. The mechanical know-how that it embodied was more advanced than anything the Greeks were previously thought capable of, but the most recent research has revealed that its displays were designed so that an educated layman could understand the behavior of astronomical phenomena, and how intertwined they were with one's natural and social environment. It was at once a masterpiece of machinery as well as one of the first portable teaching devices. Written by a world-renowned expert on the Mechanism, A Portable Cosmos will fascinate all readers interested in ancient history, archaeology, and the history of science"--
Baker Berry QB107 .J65 2017

A big bang in a little room : the quest to create new universes
Merali, Zeeya, author
New York : Basic Books, [2017]
God's billboard : the cosmic microwave background -- Beyond space and time : the quantum realm -- Inflating the universe -- Bursting inflation's bubble -- Universe to multiverse -- The accidental universe makers -- A baby universe, a string multiverse, or God? : explaining our tailor-made universe -- The little bang theory : or, How to grow a universe from a monopole -- Postcards from the edge : detecting and communicating with our baby universe -- Living in the matrix : a self-regulation guide for universe-makers.

"What if you could become God, with the ability to build a whole new universe in the lab? As startling as it sounds, modern physics suggests that within the next two decades, scientists may be able to perform this seemingly divine feat-- to concoct an entirely new baby universe, complete with its own physical laws, star systems, galaxies, and even intelligent life. To create your own cosmos, you would need a particle accelerator, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva or one of the proposed next-generation colliders, a lot of physics know-how, and a bit of luck. A Big Bang in a Little Room will take the reader on a journey through the history of cosmology and unravel-- particle-by-particle, theory-by-theory, and experiment-by-experiment-- the ideas behind this provocative claim made by some of the most-respected physicists alive today. Beyond simply explaining the science, A Big Bang in a Little Room will also tell the story of the people who have been plugging away for more than thirty years to make this seemingly impossible dream a reality, pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it as humans. A Big Bang in a Little Room will examine their extravagant plans, which include current and future space missions, accelerator runs, and table-top lab experiments to search for evidence supporting their ideas In the process, the book will ask deep philosophical questions about what it means for us, as humans, to begin to contemplate creating a new universe. Remarkable in its originality and ambition, A Big Bang in a Little Room is the ideal read for anyone seeking to understand the making of our universe-- as well as the others just waiting to be created"--
Kresge QB981 .M465 2017

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