New Arrivals · Astronomy

November 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Kepler and the universe : how one man revolutionized astronomy

November 20, 2015
Love, David, 1950-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Illustrations on endpapers.
Introduction : astronomy before Kepler -- Kepler's early life -- Graz (1594-1600), the mystery of the universe -- Kepler and Tycho -- Prague (1600-1612), the new astronomy -- Prague, many new things -- 1610, the year of the telescope -- Linz (1612-1626), the harmony of the universe -- The final years (1626-1630), the Rudolphine tables -- Epilogue, the real universe -- Appendix : summary of kepler's travels.

Map : exploring the world

November 16, 2015
London : Phaidon Press Limited, 2015.
352 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves. Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics, map dealers and collectors, the maps represent over 5,000 years of cartographic innovation drawing on a range of cultures and traditions. Comprehensive in scope, this book features all types of maps from navigation and surveys to astronomical maps, satellite and digital maps, as well as works of art inspired by cartography. Unique curated sequence presents maps in thought-provoking juxtapositions for lively, stimulating reading. Features some of the most influential mapmakers and institutions in history, including Gerardus Mercator, Abraham Ortelius, Phyllis Pearson, Heinrich Berann, Bill Rankin, Ordnance Survey and Google Earth. Easy-to-use format, with large reproductions, authoritative texts and key caption information, it is the perfect introduction to the subject. Also features a comprehensive illustrated timeline of the history of cartography, biographies of leading cartographers and a glossary of cartographic terms.

The hunt for Vulcan : ...and how Albert Einstein destroyed a planet, discovered relativity, and deciphered the universe

November 9, 2015
Levenson, Thomas, author.
xv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Part one: Newton to Neptune (1652-1846). "The immovable order of the world" -- "A happy thought" -- "That star is not on the map" -- Part two: Neptune to Vulcan (1846-1878). Thirty eight seconds -- A disturbing mass -- "The search will end satisfactorily" -- "So long eluding the hunters" -- Part three: Vulcan to Einstein (1905-1915). "The happiest thought" -- "Help me, or else I'll go crazy" -- "Beside himself with joy".
"The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed,"

Dark matter and the dinosaurs : the astounding interconnectedness of the universe

November 6, 2015
Randall, Lisa, author.
xv, 412 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The development of the universe. The clandestine dark matter society ; The discovery of dark matter ; The big questions ; Almost the very beginning: a very good place to start ; A galaxy is born -- An active solar system. Meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites ; The short, glorious lives of comets ; The edge of the solar system ; Living dangerously ; Shock and awe ; Extinctions ; The end of the dinosaurs ; Life in the habitable zone ; What goes around comes around ; Flinging comets form the oort cloud -- Deciphering dark matter's identity. The matter of the invisible world ; How to see in the dark ; Socially connected dark matter ; The speed of dark ; Searching for the dark disk ; Dark matter and comet strikes.
"Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin? In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In a sense, it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs. Working through the background and consequences of this proposal, Randall shares with us the latest findings--established and speculative--regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe, our galaxy, our Solar System, and life, along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos' history and our own, illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things" -- provided by publisher.

The Hubble cosmos : 25 years of new vistas in space

October 27, 2015
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2015.
222 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"To celebrate NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and its 25 years of accomplishments, let The Hubble Cosmos fill your mind with big ideas, brilliant imagery, and a new understanding of the universe in which we live. Relive key moments in the monumental Hubble story, from launch through major new instrumentation to the promise of discoveries to come. With more than 150 photographs including Hubble All-Stars -- the most famous of all the noteworthy images -- The Hubble Cosmos shows how this telescope is revolutionizing our understanding of the universe." --

The old farmer's almanac.

September 2, 2015
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).

Astronomy : cool women in space

August 14, 2015
Yasuda, Anita, author.
White River Junction, VT : Nomad Press, 2015.
106 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Look up! -- A short story about a huge space -- Nancy Grace Roman -- Maggie Aderin-Pocock -- Andrea Ghez.

Rocket science for the rest of us : cutting-edge concepts made simple

July 31, 2015
Gilliland, Ben, author.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Mysterious universe. How big is the universe? -- The star that redrew the cosmos -- Expanding universe -- Welcome to the multiverse -- We are all doomed! -- Catch up with the stellar speed demons -- Meet the smelly dwarf -- Mercury's secrets -- How to catch a comet -- Saturn's amazing rings -- The search for alien life -- The hostile blue planet -- The space rock that "killed" Pluto -- To boldly go. The first human in space -- Pioneer 10 : the little spacecraft that could -- Voyager : our distant emissary -- Is there life on Mars? -- Colonizing Mars -- Mapping the Milky Way -- Detecting killer asteroids -- Looking beyond Mars for life -- A Webb to catch the oldest stars -- ESA's Rosetta comet chaser -- Gravity lensing to see the cosmos -- Engage warp drive! -- Space : the fatal frontier -- The appliance of science. It is only a theory -- Why does anything exist? -- Leap second -- A weird, almost perfect universe -- What is dark matter? -- Why is gravity so weak? -- Dark matter builds the universe -- We are all made of stars -- The story of the pulsar -- Doing the black hole twist -- Helium shortage -- Death rays from outer space -- Gravity slingshot -- Is glass a liquid? -- Curiosity : science's heart -- Teeny tiny, supersmall stuff. The story of the atom -- Discovering the neutron -- The world of the insanely tiny -- The certainty of uncertainty -- Seeking supersymmetry -- Higgs boson : a bluffer's guide -- Quantum gravity -- X-ray crystallography -- Particle accelerators -- Attack of the micro black holes.
Want to understand black holes, antimatter, physics, and space exploration? Looking for a common sense guide to quantum physics that you can actually understand? Rocket Science for the Rest of Us is the book you're looking for! Get a grip on even the most mysterious and complex sciences with Ben Gilliland's guide to dark matter, exo-planets, Planck time, earth sciences, and more.

The man who painted the universe : the story of a planetarium in the heart of the north woods

July 9, 2015
Legro, Ron.
Madison : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2015]
xi, 118 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The story of Frank Kovac, who built a planetarium in the woods of Wisconsin)

Dark winter : how the sun is causing a 30-year cold spell

June 16, 2015
Casey, John L. (John Leonard)
xxiii, 164 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The author provides evidence of the following : the end of global warming ; the beginning of a "solar hibernation," a historic reduction in the energy output of the sun ; a long-term drop in the earth's temperatures ; the start of the next climate change to decades of dangerously cold weather ; the high probability of record earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

NightWatch : a practical guide to viewing the universe

June 16, 2015
Dickinson, Terence.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
Edition statement from cover.
"Updated with corrections, 2014."
Discovering the cosmos -- Universe in eleven steps -- Backyard astronomy -- Stars for all seasons -- Stargazing equipment -- Probing the depths -- The planets -- Moon and sun -- Solar and lunar eclipses -- Comets, meteors and auroras -- Photographing the night sky -- Southern hemisphere night sky -- Resources.
A reference guide to the stars, galaxies, and planets that are visible in the night sky from North America and the Southern hemisphere. Includes star charts, diagrams, and photographs.

Hubble ... science year in review.

June 15, 2015
[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."

Galileo's telescope : a European story

May 7, 2015
Bucciantini, Massimo.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
From the Low Countries -- The Venetian archipelago -- Breaking news : lenses and envelopes -- In a flash -- Peregrinations -- The battle of Prague -- Across the English Channel : poets, philosophers, and astronomers -- Setting out to conquer France -- Milan : at the court of "King" Federico -- The dark skies of Florence -- Roman mission -- In motion : Portugal, India, China.

Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved

May 1, 2015
Bartusiak, Marcia, 1950- author.
New Haven [Connecticut[ : Yale University Press, [2015]
xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
It is therefore possible that the largest luminous bodies in the universe may be invisible -- Newton, forgive me -- One would then find oneself . . . in a geometrical fairlyand -- There should be a law of nature to prevent a star from behaving in this absurd way! -- I'll show those bastards -- Only its gravitational field persists -- I could not have picked a more exciting time in which to become a physicist -- It was the weirdest spectrum I'd ever seen -- Why don't you call it a black hole? -- Medieval torture rack -- Whereas Stephen Hawking has such a large investment in general relativity and black holes and desires an insurance policy -- Black holes ain't so black.

How to read the solar system : a guide to the stars and planets

December 30, 2014
North, Chris (Chris E.), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
What is the solar system? -- Ancient stargazers -- Celestial mechanics -- The sun -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth and Moon -- Mars -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus and Neptune -- Asteroids and dwarf planets -- Comets -- One among many.
The Solar System - so what is it? This book looks at all the major players, including our more familiar neighbours - the Sun, the planets and their moons - the occasional visitors to our planet - asteroids, meteors and comets - as well as distant stars and what might be beyond our Solar System - Earth Mark II?

Urban astronomy : stargazing from towns & suburbs

December 5, 2014
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm

101 objects to see in the night sky

November 21, 2014
Scagell, Robin, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2014.
224 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Includes index.

Deep space : beyond the solar system to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time

November 13, 2014
Schilling, Govert, author.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes index.
The solar system -- The history of astronomy -- The birth of stars -- Telescopes -- Stars and planets -- The death of stars -- The Milky Way galaxy -- Space telescopes -- The local group -- Galaxies -- Windows on the cosmos -- Clusters -- The universe -- Star atlas.
"Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe"--Publisher's website.

Cosmigraphics : picturing space through time

November 10, 2014
Benson, Michael, 1962- author.
New York : Abrams, 2014.
320 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 32 cm
Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world's great science libraries and virtually unknown today, Benson chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity's ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant places and explains why today we turn to supercomputer simulations to reveal deeper truths about space-time.

Maps : their untold stories : map treasures from The National Archives

November 6, 2014
Mitchell, Rose (Archivist), author.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
254 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm.

Pearls of the southern sky : a journey to exotic star clusters, nebulae and galaxies

November 3, 2014
Willasch, Dieter, photographer.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.

The planets : the definitive visual guide to our solar system

October 31, 2014
256 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.
At head of title: DK Smithsonian.
Family of the sun -- Our star -- Rocky worlds -- Gas giants -- Outer limits.
Featuring all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency.

The edge of the sky : all you need to know about the all-there-is

September 18, 2014
Trotta, Roberto.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xvii, 85 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
The first night -- The crazy stars -- A bigger place -- The big flash -- Dark rain -- Whispers from the dark -- Death by fire -- The dark push -- Is the all-there-is all there is? -- When the sun comes up.

The Copernicus complex : our cosmic significance in a universe of planets and probabilities

September 11, 2014
Scharf, Caleb A., 1968- author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From microcosm to cosmos -- The Copernicus Complex -- The ten-billion-year spree -- Neighbors -- A grand illusion -- Sugar and spice -- Hunters of the cosmic plain -- There's something about here -- (In)Significance.
"A groundbreaking revision of the Copernican Principle"-- Provided by publisher.

The cosmic cocktail : three parts dark matter

August 8, 2014
Freese, Katherine, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xi, 250 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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