New Arrivals · Astronomy

March 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Backyard guide to the night sky

March 19, 2019
Fazekas, Andrew, author.
286 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Discovering starry skies -- The atmosphere -- The sun -- The moon -- The planets -- Comets & meteors -- Beyond the solar system -- Beyond the Milky Way -- Navigating the night sky -- Sky charts.
Volume packed full of information that illuminates key astronomical concepts along side the history and legends surrounding the stars and planets.

Universal life : an inside look behind the race to discover life beyond earth

February 20, 2019
Boss, Alan, 1951- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
x, 206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), ports. ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Don't take no for an answer -- Waiting for Kepler to deliver the goods -- Astro 2010 comes to bat -- Barcelona is in Catalonia, not in Spain -- Witness protection program -- The president proposes, congress disposes -- Open for business, under new management -- Bring out your dead -- Ominous signs from Maryland -- Ground-based telescopes score a hat trick -- And that's not all -- Proxima centauri b arrives on stage -- Speaking of the decadal survey -- November 8, 2016, a date which will -- And the winners are -- Say, could you help me out -- The pre-decadal-survey decadal survey.

Earth-shattering : violent supernovas, galactic explosions, biological mayhem, nuclear meltdowns, and other hazards to life in our universe

February 14, 2019
Berman, Bob, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
xii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Theater of the world : the maps that made history

December 10, 2018
Reinertsen Berg, Thomas, 1971- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
xv, 367 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton, September 2018"--Title page verso.
The first images of the world : prehistoric maps, stories of creation, and Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian maps -- Like frogs about a pond : Ptolemy, one of the greatest geographers of his time, and the Greeks' increasing knowledge of the world throughout antiquity -- Holy geography : a world made for humans by God, in which the clerics and cartographers of the Middle Ages depict the holy story of creation -- The first atlas : Abraham Ortelius and Gerardus Mercator map the world's expansion as a result of the Europeans' numerous voyages and the Renaissance thirst for knowledge -- Venturing out : a Norwegian map on the move, Dutch nautical charts, the battle for the biggest atlas, and more about Mercator and all he never managed to complete -- The great surveys : France, Denmark and Norway learn to survey large areas, Kongsvinger gets a prime meridian in 1779, and maps play a role in central government administration -- White spaces in the North : the second Fram expedition sets out in 1898, in the wake of the many others that had previously tried to map the northern regions -- As seen from above : the First World War paves the way for aerial surveys, which in turn pave the way for a Norwegian economic map series and the appearance of maps in most areas of society -- Blue planet : about the seven tenths of our planet that are covered by water, and Marie Tharp's attempts to understand what the ocean floor looks like, and why -- The digital world : satellites and computers provide and manage vast amounts of information, and give us maps that are able to speak to us.
"What is a map? How have people been drawing the world throughout history? What do maps say about us? In [this book], Thomas Reinertsen Berg takes us from the mysterious symbols of the Stone Age to Google Earth, exploring how the ability to envision what the world looks like developed hand in hand with worldwide exploration. This fascinating tale of science and strategy, art and technology, power and ambition, practical needs and distant dreams of the unknown, tells a new story about world history and the people who made it. We encounter visionary geographers and heroic explorers along with the unknown heroes of the mapmaking world, both ancient and modern. Theater of the World is above all a celebration of the extraordinary men and women mapmakers whose work has made history."--Dust jacket.

Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes

November 27, 2018
Impey, Chris, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company Ltd., 2019.
xix, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part A: Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness ; Black holes from star death ; Supermassive black holes ; Gravitational engines -- Part B: Black holes, past, present, and future. The lives of black holes ; Black holes as tests of gravity ; Seeing with gravity eyes ; The fate of black holes.
"The astonishing science of black holes and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe. Black holes are the most extreme objects in the universe, and yet they are ubiquitous. Every massive star leaves behind a black hole when it dies, and every galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole at its center. Frighteningly enigmatic, these dark giants continue to astound even the scientists who spend their careers studying them. Distinguished astronomer Chris Impey takes readers on an exploration of questions at the cutting edge of astrophysics, as well as the history of black holes' role in theoretical physics--from confirming Einstein's equations for general relativity to testing string theory. From the small questions to the big ones--from the tiniest particles to the nature of space-time itself--black holes might be the key to a deeper understanding of the cosmos."--Dust jacket.

Space atlas : mapping the universe and beyond

November 20, 2018
Trefil, James, 1938- author.
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 31 cm
In this guided tour of our planetary neighborhood, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and beyond, detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions partner with clear, authoritative scientific information. Starting with the sun and moving outward into space, acclaimed science writer and physicist James Trefil illuminates each planet, the most important moons, significant asteroids, and other objects in our solar system. Looking beyond, he explains what we know about the Milky Way and other galaxies--and how we know it, with clear explanations of the basics of astrophysics, including dark matter and gravitational waves. For this new edition, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his moonwalk, astronaut and American hero Buzz Aldrin offers a new special section on Earth's moon and its essential role in space exploration past and future.

Just six numbers : the deep forces that shape the universe

November 8, 2018
Rees, Martin J., 1942-
New York : Basic Books, ©2000.
x, 195 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published in 1999 in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
The cosmos and the microworld -- Our cosmic habitat I : planets, stars and life -- The large number N : gravity in the cosmos -- Stars, the periodic table, and E -- Our cosmic habitat II : beyond our galaxy -- The fine-tuned expansion : dark matter and [omega] -- The number [lambda] : is cosmic expansion slowing or speeding? -- Primordial 'ripples' : the number Q -- Our cosmic habitat III : what lies beyond our horizon? -- Three dimensions (and more) -- Coincidence, providence, or multiverse?

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

November 7, 2018
Bell, Jim, 1965- author.
527 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes Preface to the New Edition.
"Since the original edition of The Space Book was published in 2013, much has happened in the world of space exploration. This revised and updated edition, with a new introduction from author Jim Bell, brings the popular Milestones book up to date. It includes the most exciting and newsworthy breakthroughs, from the groundbreaking discovery of the Trappist-1 system to the technologies of the future"

Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable

October 26, 2018
Fletcher, Seth, 1979- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
xxvii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Traces the efforts of an elite scientific team who tested Einstein's theory of relativity during a historic mission to photograph a black hole, addressing key questions about time, space, and the nature of the universe.

Dispatches from planet 3 : thirty-two (brief) tales on the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond

September 25, 2018
Bartusiak, Marcia, 1950- author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
xiii, 304 pages illustrations ; 23 cm
"An award-winning science writer presents a captivating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomer. The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological "tales" by multiple award-winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty-two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself."--Jacket flap.

Astronomy : a visual guide

August 9, 2018
Ridpath, Ian, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Catching stardust : comets, asteroids and the birth of the solar system

June 14, 2018
Starkey, Natalie, author.
London : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018.
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Comets and asteroids are among the Solar System's very oldest inhabitants. This book tells the story of these enigmatic celestial objects, revealing how scientists are using them to help understand a crucial time in our history--the birth of the Solar System, and everything contained within it.

Light of the stars : alien worlds and the fate of the Earth

June 6, 2018
Frank, Adam, 1962- author.
vii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The project and the planet -- The alien equation -- What the robot ambassadors say -- The masks of Earth -- Worlds beyond measure -- The final factor -- The awakened worlds.
"Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity's coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it's highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What's more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change. Written with great clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars builds on the inspiring work of pioneering scientists such as Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, whose work at the dawn of the space age began building the new science of astrobiology; Jack James, the Texas-born engineer who drove NASA's first planetary missions to success; Vladimir Vernadsky, the Russian geochemist who first envisioned the Earth's biosphere; and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who invented Gaia theory. Frank recounts the perilous journey NASA undertook across millions of miles of deep space to get its probes to Venus and Mars, yielding our first view of the cosmic laws of planets and climate that changed our understanding of our place in the universe."--Dust jacket flap.

Universe : exploring the astronomical world.

May 24, 2018
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Commissioning editor, Victoria Clarke; project editor, Rosie Pickles.
Introduction -- Universe : the works -- Timeline -- A history of viewing the universe -- Glossary -- Biographies.
Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images--an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe--from ancient cave paintings to animation. Universe is a groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand--or who have been inspired by--the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

The practical astronomer

May 23, 2018
Gater, Will, author.
264 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Revised and updated.
"First American Edition, 2010"--Title page verso.
Understanding the universe -- Looking up -- Observing and recording -- Pathfinders -- The solar system -- Star charts.
A complete introduction to observing and understanding the night sky, explaining and demystifying stargazing to recognize objects and explain how they move through the sky over the night and the year.

Losing the Nobel Prize : a story of cosmology, ambition, and the perils of science's highest honor

April 20, 2018
Keating, Brian (Brian Gregory), author.
xxi, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reading the cosmic prologue -- Losing my religion -- A brief history of time machines -- The bigger the bang, the bigger the problems -- Broken lens 1: the Nobel prize's credit problem -- Ashes to Ashes -- The spark that ignite the big bang -- BICEP: the ultimate time machine -- Heroes of fire, heroes of ice --Broken lens 2: The Nobel prize's cash problem -- Elation! -- Inflation and it's discontents -- Broken lens 3: The Nobel prize's collaboration problem -- Deflation -- Poetry for physicists -- Restoring Alfred's vision -- An ethical wall.
The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. Keating provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize actually hampers scientific progress by encouraging speed and competition while punishing inclusivity, collaboration, and bold innovation. To build on efforts to reveal the cosmos' ultimate secrets--indeed, to advance science itself--the Nobel Prize must be radically reformed. --Provided by publisher.

A brief history of time

April 11, 2018
Hawking, Stephen, 1942-2018.
New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2017.
ix, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published in hardcover in the United States in 1988 and in an expanded and updated edition in 1996 by Bantam Books.
Includes index.
Our picture of the universe -- Space and time -- The expanding universe -- The uncertainty principle -- Elementary particles and the forces of nature -- Black holes -- Black holes ain't so black -- The origin and fate of the universe -- The arrow of time -- Wormholes and time travel -- The unification of physics -- Conclusion.
Updated with a new introduction and six short essays on the current science, one of today's greatest scientific minds explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin-- and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending-- or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Searching for stars on an island in Maine

March 29, 2018
Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, 2018.
viii, 226 pages ; 20 cm
Cave -- longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Orgins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans.

The art of map illustration : a step-by-step artistic exploration of contemporary cartography and mapmaking

March 29, 2018
144 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
Table of Contents : Introduction -- Tools & materials -- Hennie Haworth : Art tools, Making a map, Neighborhood map, Urban map, Artist gallery -- Stuart Hill : Digital tools, Lake Garda, French bike ride, Bali, Artist gallery -- James Gulliver Hancock : Montreal, Solar system, Childhood neighborhood, Artist gallery -- Sarah King : Drawing techniques, Tofino, Brain map, New York skyline on wood, Artist gallery -- About the artists.
Embark on a unique artistic journey with The Art of Map Illustration! In this stunning book, visual storytellers, artists, and map enthusiasts alike will discover how to create a variety of bold, colorful, and lively maps using pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media, and digital art tools - step by step! Under the guidance and encouragement of four gifted map artists, aspiring mapmakers will learn how to work with the basic tools of the trade, as well as how to create distinctive maps of global points of interest, urban cities, quaint neighborhoods, and even the solar system. Artists will also learn how to use map art to evoke mood, communicate ideas, and express time and place. With dozens of tips, helpful techniques, and loads of inspiration, The Art of Map Illustration is the ultimate resource for contemporary artists seeking to learn the time-treasured art of cartography. -- back cover.

Startalk : everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond

March 26, 2018
Tyson, Neil deGrasse, author.
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
StarTalk is both a podcast and a National Geographic television program, in which host Neil deGrasse Tyson and his celebrity guests tackle provocative subjects in science. This companion volume features interesting photos, smart scientific facts, and witty commentary.

Asteroid hunters

March 6, 2018
Nugent, Carrie, author.
108 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 19 cm.
A wild frontier -- Things that hit the Earth -- Rules of asteroid hunting -- The first asteroid -- Terrestrial asteroid hunting -- My favorite telescope -- The giggle factor -- The Planetary Defense Coordination Office.
One of the top scientists in the field of asteroid hunting explains how, for the first time, humanity could have the knowledge to prevent a devastating asteroid impact. -- Publisher's description.

The dialogues : conversations about the nature of the universe

February 20, 2018
Johnson, Clifford V. (Clifford Victor), 1968- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
xiii, 231 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"In this graphic book/novel, readers eavesdrop on conversations about contemporary science and learn about how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe. Topics in the book range from black holes, to the multiverse, to string theory, to food science. The book is structured as a set of 9 conversations in 11 chapters. The people in the conversations include non-experts and experts in physics, both adults and children, both male and female. These characters are fictional. The locations are in cities around the world, in cafes, train stations, on the street, buses, museums, libraries. The book is, uniquely for this subject matter, a fully graphic book. A graphic novel, but NOT science fiction. The science is real, and often concerns research topics that have been highlighted in general-interest media outlets"--Provided by publisher.


January 30, 2018
Garfield, Simon, author.
349 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: Very, very early or very, very late -- The accident of time. Leaving the ground ; The shortness of life and how to live it -- How the French messed up the calendar -- The invention of the timetable. The fastest thing you ever did see ; Was ever tyranny more monstrous? -- The Beet goes on. The way to play the Ninth ; Just how long should a CD be? ; Revolver -- How much talking is too much talking?. In the time of Moses ; Talking it over -- Movie time. How you get to the clock ; Oncoming train -- Horology part one: How to make a watch. A very difficult floor ; Just what is it about the Swiss? -- Roger Bannister goes round and round -- Vietnam. Napalm. Girl. The split second ; 'I am Muybridge and this is a message from my wife' -- The day shift. We will crush, squash, slaughter Yamaha! ; The boss from hell -- Horology part two: How to sell the time. Vasco da Gama special edition ; Welcome to Baselworld ; Uh-oh ; In which we name the guilty man ; The most valuable watch on the planet -- Time tactics that work!. The berry season ; The lean email simple system -- Life is short, art is long. The clock is a clock ; White people are crazy -- Slowing down the world. A place where time stands still ; Living Frenchly ; Faster food -- The British Museum and the story of us. The book of hours ; Doomed and marooned ; Those who feel differently -- Epilogue: Humility watch.
"Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary? The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A moment of war is frozen forever. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes forever. A British watchmaker competes with mighty Switzerland. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in Simon Garfield's typically inventive and entertaining style. As managing time becomes one of the greatest challenges we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us understand it in a sparkling new light."--Dust jacket flap.


January 11, 2018
Maran, Stephen P., author.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2017]
xi, 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Bonus content online"--Cover.
Part 1. Getting started with astronomy -- Seeing the light: the art and science of astronomy -- Join the crowd: skywatching activities and resources -- Terrific tools for observing the skies -- Just passing through: meteors, comets, and artificial satellites -- Part 2. Going once around the solar system -- A matched pair: Earth and its moon -- Earth's near neighbors: Mercury, Venus, and Mars -- Rock on: the asteroid belt and near-Earth objects -- Great balls of gas: Jupiter and Saturn -- Far out!: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and beyond -- Part 3. Meeting old sol and other stars -- The Sun: star of Earth -- Taking a trip to the stars -- Galaxies: the Milky Way and beyond -- Digging into black holes and quasars -- Part 4. Pondering the remarkable universe -- Is anybody out there?: SETI and planets of other suns -- Delving into dark matter and antimatter -- The Big Bang and the evolution of the universe -- Part 5. he part of tens -- Ten strange facts about astronomy and space -- Ten common errors about astronomy and space -- Part 6. Appendixes -- Star maps -- Glossary.
From asteroids to black holes, this guide takes you on a grand tour of the universe, and provides an introduction to the night sky.

The planets : photographs from the archives of NASA

January 2, 2018
Nataraj, Nirmala, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2017]
255 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Our solar system -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth -- Mars -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus -- Neptune -- Other bodies of the solar system.
The Planets features more than 200 stunning photographs of our solar system from the archives of NASA, each paired with a detailed caption. The content is organized by distance from the Sun--beginning with Mercury and moving outward through Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the planetary objects beyond.-- Provided by the publisher.

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