New Arrivals · Astronomy

April 12, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Curiosity's mission on Mars : exploring the red planet

April 11, 2014
Miller, Ron, 1947- author.
©2014
64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Discusses some of the information sent back from "Curiosity," the Mars Rover, including pictures of the Martian landscape, traces of water in Martian soil, and the key chemicals necessary for life.

Planets

March 28, 2014
Tuchman, Gail.
New York, NY : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Our Sun : biography of a star

February 4, 2014
Cooper, Christopher, 1944-
©2013.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm.
Includes index.
Our Sun reveals the science behind the sun, traces its impact on human history, and reveals its growing importance to our future way of life.

The accidental universe : the world you thought you knew

January 13, 2014
Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2013]
xi, 157 pages ; 20 cm
The accidental universe -- The temporary universe -- The spiritual universe -- The symmetrical universe -- The gargantuan universe -- The lawful universe -- The disembodied universe.

Our mathematical universe : my quest for the ultimate nature of reality

January 2, 2014
Tegmark, Max, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
viii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present, and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and ground-breaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories (his website gives a flavor of how they might boggle the mind), but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last--here is a book for the full science-reading spectrum"-- Provided by publisher.

Astronomy

December 4, 2013
Dinwiddie, Robert.
New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 2013.
191 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Neutrino hunters : the thrilling chase for a ghostly particle to unlock the secrets of the universe

December 4, 2013
Jayawardhana, Ray.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The hunt heats up -- A terrible thing -- Ghost chasing -- Sun underground -- Cosmic chameleons -- Exploding stars -- Vanishing acts -- Seeds of a revolution.
"Detective thriller meets astrophysics in this adventure into neutrinos and the scientists who pursue them"-- Provided by publisher.

From dust to life : the origin and evolution of our solar system

December 3, 2013
Chambers, John, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Cosmic archaeology -- Discovering the solar system -- An evolving solar system -- The question of timing -- Meteorites -- Cosmic chemistry -- A star is born -- Nursery for planets -- Worlds of rock and metal -- The making of the moon -- Earth, cradle of life -- worlds of gas and ice -- What happened to the asteroid belt? -- The outermost solar system -- Paradigms, problems, and predictions.

Comets : visitors from deep space

November 6, 2013
Eicher, David J., 1961- author.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2013]
208 pages ; 25 cm
Strange lights in the sky -- Great comets of the past -- What are comets? -- Comets of the modern era -- Comets in human culture -- Where comets live -- The expanding science of comets -- Observing comets -- Imaging comets.

Wonders of the solar system

September 25, 2013
Cox, Brian, 1968-
New York : HarperCollins, [2013], c2010.
252 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
TV tie-in.
Includes index.
The wonder -- Empire of the sun -- Order out of chaos -- The thin blue line -- Dead or alive -- Aliens.

The old farmer's almanac.

September 17, 2013
Boston : Jenks, Palmer & Co.
v. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Vol. for 1865 missing p.15-16.
"Calculated on a new and improved plan, fitted for Boston, and the New England states, with special corrections and calculations to answers for all the United States" (varies).

Hubble ... science year in review.

August 28, 2013
[Baltimore, Md.] : Space Telescope Science Institute
v. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
"This document was produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute under contract NAS5-26555."

The Milky Way : an insider's guide

July 29, 2013
Waller, William H. (William Howard), 1952- author.
©2013
xi, 316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
First impressions -- Historic perceptions -- Panchromatic vistas -- Neighbors of the Sun -- Beacons from afar -- Star birth -- Lives of the stars -- Stellar afterlives -- The galactic garden -- Monster in the core -- Tales of origin -- Life in the Milky Way.

A Renaissance globemaker's toolbox : Johannes Schöner and the revolution of modern science, 1475-1550

July 19, 2013
Hessler, John W.
Washington, DC : Library of Congress ; London : In association with D. Giles Ltd., 2013.
176 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 20 x 24 cm.
For posterity : the miscellanies of Johannes Schöner -- The Schöner Sammelband at the Library of Congress. 12 sheets of the Waldseemüller 1507 world map ; 13 sheets of the Waldseemüller 1515 "carta marina," including Schöner manuscript ; Celestial globe gores ; Terrestrial gore fragments ; Celestial gore fragments ; Dürer-Stabius star chart -- Cartography in the margins : how Johannes Schöner read his maps -- Johannes Schöner makes a globe -- It's all in the stars : natal astrology and Johannes Schöner's three books -- The Earth begins to move : Rheticus and the early reception of Copernican astronomy -- Johannes Schöner and the birth of modern science.

Astronomy 101 : from the sun and moon to wormholes and warp drive, key theories, discoveries, and facts about the universe

July 10, 2013
Petersen, Carolyn Collins, author.
©2013.
288 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
"A crash course in the science of space" -- Cover.

The space book : from the beginning to the end of time, 250 milestones in the history of space & astronomy

June 27, 2013
Bell, Jim, 1965-
New York, NY : Sterling, c2013.
527 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 23 cm.
Birth of our universe -- Observing the heavens -- The Space Age -- Our future.
Presents a series of 250 significant events in the history of astronomy and space exploration, from the original formation of the galaxies, to the space mission to the planet Mars, to speculation about the end of the universe.

Are we being watched? : the search for life in the cosmos

May 2, 2013
Murdin, Paul.
New York : Thames & Hudson, c2013.
224 p. ; ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Introduction: In search of new lands and peoples -- The century of astrobiology -- Other worlds -- In search of alien intelligence -- Life in the Solar System -- The Earth, life's home -- Life gets going -- The spark of life's beginning -- Evolution of a planet -- The evolution of life -- The Sun: source of vital- or death-dealing- energy -- Life and the climate -- Considering disasters -- Mars: dead or alive? -- Ice world: Europa -- Glimpses of the Old Earth: Enceladus and Titan -- Are we lonely, or really alone?
Murdin invites readers to join him in exploring an extraordinary array of evidence on how life developed on Earth, and how it could have developed on other planets. He examines who forms it might take, and how likely we are to be able to communicate with aliens if we do make contact.

Tooley's Dictionary of mapmakers

May 1, 2013
Tooley, R. V. (Ronald Vere), 1898-1986.
Tring, Eng. : Map Collector Publications, 1979.
xii, 684 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
First half of work originally appeared in parts in the Map collectors' series published by the Map Collectors' Circle.

The universe : an illustrated history of astronomy

March 7, 2013
Jackson, Tom, 1972-
New York : Shelter Harbor Press, c2012.
144 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm. + 1 fold-out timeline (27 x 250 cm.).
"Fold-out timeline with over 1000 milestone facts"--Cover.
"100 discoveries that changed history, who did what when"--Cover.

The measure of Manhattan : the tumultuous career and surprising legacy of John Randel Jr., cartographer, surveyor, inventor

February 8, 2013
Holloway, Marguerite.
©2013
x, 372 pages : ill, maps, ports ; 25 cm
Prologue: Big Rock -- In Which Reuben Skye Rose-Redwood and J.R. Lemuel Morrison Set Out To Find the Imagined City -- In Which John Randel Jr. Affixes the City to the Island -- In Which Rose-Redwood Surveys the 1811 Grid and Morrison Surveys Today's -- In Which Randel Keeps Seeking the Most Eligible Routes -- In Which Mannahatta Lifts Off -- In Which Is Described "The Ingenuity of the New" -- Epilogue: Randel's Rock.

Heart of darkness : unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe

January 21, 2013
Ostriker, J. P.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013.
xxi, 299 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

Sphaera mundi [electronic resource].

July 16, 2012
Sacro Bosco, Joannes de, fl. 1230.
Venice : Johannes Lucilius Santritter and Hieronymus de Sanctis, 31 Mar. (pridie Kal. Apr.) 1488.
[69] leaves of woodcuts : ill. (part col.) ; 21 cm.
Iahannis de Sacre Busto Shpairicum opusculum -- Iohannis de Monte Reio Disputationes contra Cremonensia deliramenta -- Georgil Purbachil Theoricae mocae pianetarum.
The first paragraph on leaf [2a] printed in red.
Hain. Repertorium (with Copinger's Supplement) *14112. Brit. Mus. Cat. (xv cent.) v, p. 462 (IA. 23331) Sander. Livre aá fig. italien, 6663.
Size of leaf: 20.2 x 14.3 cm.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Soundings : the story of the remarkable woman who mapped the ocean floor

July 11, 2012
Felt, Hali.
New York, NY : Henry Holt and Co., 2012.
340 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

"A compelling portrait of one of the most interesting "forgotten" women of the twentieth century, the scientist who mapped, for the first time, the ocean floorUntil Marie Tharp's groundbreaking work in the 1950s, the floor of the ocean was a mystery--then, as now, we knew less about the ocean than we did about outer space. In a time when women in the scientific community were routinely dismissed, Tharp's work changed our understanding of the earth's geologic evolution. While her partner, Bruce Heezen, went on expeditions to collect soundings (records of sonar pings measuring the ocean's depth across its entire expanse), Tharp turned this data into beautiful and controversial maps that laid the groundwork for proving the theory of continental drift. Tharp's maps showed for the first time that the continents were moving and had always been moving and that what had happened over eons under the sea was as "visible" now as looking at the same phenomenon on land. Her maps have been called some of "the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography" and yet no one knows her name. The brilliant young writer Hali Felt captures the romance of scientific discovery and brings to vivid life this pioneering scientist who changed the way we view the earth"--

"Until Marie Tharp's ground-breaking work in the 1950s, the floor of the ocean was a mystery--then, as now, we knew less about the ocean than we did about outer space. In a time when women in the scientific community were routinely dismissed, Marie's work changed our understanding of the earth's geologic evolution. While her partner, Bruce Heezen, went on expeditions to collect soundings (records of sonar pings measuring the ocean's depth across its entire expanse), Marie turned this data into beautiful and controversial maps that laid the groundwork for proving the theory of continental drift. Marie's maps for the first time showed that the continents were moving, had always been moving and what had happened over eons under the sea was as "visible" now as looking at the same phenomenon on land. Her maps have been called some of "the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography" and yet no one knows her name. Brilliant young writer Hali Felt captures the romance of scientific discovery, and brings to vivid life this pioneering scientist who changed the way we view the earth"--

Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens

July 6, 2012
Wulf, Andrea.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
xxvi, 304 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
The gauntlet -- Transit 1761. Call to action ; The French are first ; Britain enters the race ; To Siberia ; Getting ready for Venus ; Day of transit, 6 June 1761 ; How far to the sun? -- Transit 1769. A second change ; Russia enters the race ; The most daring voyage of all ; Scandinavia, or, The Land of the Midnight Sun ; The North American continent ; Racing to the four corners of the globe ; Day of transit, 3 June 1769 ; After the transit -- A new dawn -- List of observers, 1761 -- List of observers, 1769.

"The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor--the eighteenth-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system. On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system--but only if the transit could be viewed at the same time from many locations. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists were given a second chance to get it right. Chasing Venus brings to life this extraordinary endeavor: the personalities of eighteenth-century astronomy, the collaborations, discoveries, personal rivalries, volatile international politics, and the race to be first to measure the distances between the planets"--Provided by publisher.

"On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the Earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system--but only if the transit could be viewed at the same time from many locations. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists were given a second chance to get it right. Chasing Venus brings to life this extraordinary endeavor: the personalities of eighteenth-century astronomy, the collaborations, discoveries, personal rivalries, volatile international politics, and the race to be first to measure the distances between the planets"--Provided by publisher.

De principiis astronomiae & cosomographiae [electronic resource] : Deque vsu globi ab eodem editi ; Item de orbis diusione, & insulis, rebusque nuper inuentis.

July 2, 2012
Gemma, Frisius, 1508-1555.
Lutetiae : Apud Gulielmum Cauellat ..., 1556.
170 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Printer's device on t.p. and verso of last leaf.
Colophon: "Exudebat Benedictus Prevotius ... an 1556."
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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