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Celestial Sleuth

Author : Donald W. Olson
ISBN : 1461484022
Genre : Science
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For a general audience interested in solving mysteries in art, history, and literature using the methods of science, 'forensic astronomy' is a thrilling new field of exploration. Astronomical calculations are the basis of the studies, which have the advantage of bringing to readers both evocative images and a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcano studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, famous paintings, military records, and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields add variety, depth, and interest to the work. The chosen topics are selected for their wide public recognition and intrigue, involving artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, and Ansel Adams; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, the death of Julius Caesar, the American Revolution, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Joyce, and Mary Shelley. This book sets out to answer these mysteries indicated with the means and expertise of astronomy, opening the door to a richer experience of human culture and its relationship with nature. Each subject is carefully analyzed. As an example using the study of sky paintings by Vincent van Gogh, the analytical method would include: - computer calculations of historical skies above France in the 19th century - finding and quoting the clues found in translations of original letters by Van Gogh - making site visits to France to determine the precise locations when Van Gogh set up his easel and what celestial objects are depicted. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there would be a different kind of mystery to be solved. As an example: - How can the phase of the Moon and time of moonrise help to explain a turning point of the American Civil War - the fatal wounding of Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville in 1863? For each literary reference to astronomy, it was determined which celestial objects were being described and making an argument that the author is describing an actual event. For example, what was the date of the moonlit scene when Mary Shelley first had the idea for her novel “Frankenstein?” These and more fun riddles will enchant and delight the fan of art and astronomy.

The Science Of Shakespeare

Author : Dan Falk
ISBN : 0864924186
Genre : Science
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Discusses the connections between William Shakespeare and the beginnings of the scientific revolution.

Author : 이은영
ISBN : 9791160800036
Genre : Nature
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많은 과학책들이 과학을 쉽고 재미있게 이야기한다고 말한다. 과학이 쉽고 재미있다고? 아니, 과학은 어렵다. 어떻게 쉬울 수 있겠는가. 과학 전문 출판사에서 15년 동안 과학책 만드는 일을 해 온 이 책의 저자 이은영은 과학을 공부한 지 꽤 많은 세월이 흘렀음에도 아직도 과학이 어렵다고 말한다. 거창한 이론이 아니더라도 지구와 달이 우주에서 부딪치지 않고 떠있는 것조차 잘 이해하지 못하고 있다고 고백한다. 하지만 그녀는 덧붙인다. 조금만 유심히 살펴보면, 지금껏 과학이 밝혀낸 사실들은 많은 흥미로운 이야깃거리를 담고 있다고. 《사이언스 라디오》는 바로 거기에서 출발했다. 이 책은 출근길 버스 안에서 흘러나오는 라디오처럼, 커피 한 잔과 함께 여유 있게 즐기는 에세이처럼 일상의 언어로 친근하고 다정하게 과학 이야기를 들려준다. 글과 어우러진 다양한 그림과 사진을 새로운 시선으로 바라보는 것은 또 다른 즐거움이다. 과학 이론이나 개념은 잠시 잊고, 과학 속 이야기를 즐겨 보자. 하루 5분, 당신의 일상에 과학 감수성을 불어넣는 시간! ‘사이언스 라디오’에 주파수를 맞춰 보는 것은 어떨까.

Crime And Puzzlement 3

Author : Lawrence Treat
ISBN : 0879237376
Genre : Fiction
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The author presents mysteries for the reader to solve using clues found in the text and accompanying illustrations.

Starlight Detectives

Author : Alan Hirshfeld
ISBN : 1934137782
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Traces the history of astronomy through advancements in three technologies--photography, spectrometry, and telescopy--and profiles the ambitious scientists behind the birth of modern astronomy.

Astronomy On The Personal Computer

Author : Oliver Montenbruck
ISBN : 3540672214
Genre : Science
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A thorough introduction to the computation of celestial mechanics, covering everything from astronomical and computational theory to the construction of rapid and accurate applications programs. The book supplies the necessary knowledge and software solutions for determining and predicting positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, minor planets and comets, solar eclipses, stellar occultations by the Moon, phases of the Moon and much more. This completely revised edition takes advantage of C++, and individual applications may be efficiently realized through the use of a powerful module library. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the complete, fully documented and commented source codes as well as executable programs for Windows 98/2000/XP and LINUX.

The Practical Astronomer

Author : Anton Vamplew
ISBN : 9781405356206
Genre : Nature
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A complete beginner�s guide to observing the night sky Understand and enjoy the solar system and beyond with this practical guide to astronomy. Pick up all the basics of sky-watching. Start off by taking a tour around the night sky in simple stages, discovering how it fits together and how it works. Then take a closer look at the objects you can see and learn to train your eye to recognize basic patterns of constellations and how to tell planets apart from other celestial bodies. Plus, there�s advice on buying and using kit, from binoculars to telescopes. Packed with detailed maps of the night sky and star charts to help any budding astronomer in their quest to find out more about this fascinating subject.

Star Maps

Author : Nick Kanas
ISBN : 9780387716688
Genre : Science
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The beauty and awe generated by the celestial void captures our imagination and delights our aesthetic sense. Antiquarian map societies are prospering, and celestial maps are now viewed as a specialty of map collecting. This book traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of man’s place in the universe and to advances in map-making. Photographs from actual antiquarian celestial atlases and prints, many previously unpublished, enrich the text. The book describes the development and relationships between different sky maps and atlases as well as demonstrating contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

Analog Ic Design An Intuitive Approach

Author : Gabriel Alfonso Rincón-Mora, Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781312145665
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This slide book presents, discusses, and shows how to understand, develop, and use semiconductor devices to design analog integrated circuits (ICs). The underlying objective is to explain and illustrate how to model, analyze, and design analog ICs using bipolar and MOS technologies. The material places emphasis on basic understanding and critical thinking, in other words, on intuitive grasp of how semiconductor devices work individually and collectively in microelectronic circuits. Ultimately, the material seeks to furnish the reader with a physical and intuitive view of solid-state circuits that transcends rigorous mathematical and algebraic formulations to empower the reader with the tools necessary to design innovative and complex ICs.

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