Solar System
On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Paperback      ISBN: 1573920355
The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, stands as one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.
21st Century Astronomy: The Solar System
21st Century Astronomy
The Solar System
Paperback      ISBN: 0393675521
Informed by astronomy education research, the Sixth Edition reflects an emphasis on learning by doing. This emphasis is reinforced through thoughtful pedagogy and an innovative teaching and learning package. Students get to interact with astronomy while instructors receive the resources they need to incorporate active learning into the classroom.
21st Century Astronomy: The Solar System
21st Century Astronomy
The Solar System
Paperback      ISBN: 0393675580

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
Chasing Venus
The Race to Measure the Heavens
Paperback      ISBN: 0307744604
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 they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. 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 would have another opportunity to succeed. Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth-century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture, painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. In the end, what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research.
A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Models of Planet Formation
A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Models of Planet Formation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1786342723
Two models for the origin of the Solar System, the Nebula Theory and the Capture Theory, are discussed by protagonists, Simon and Steven respectively, in the presence of Solomon, who oversees the discussions. Modelled on Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, this book provides new insight into different theories of cosmogony.The Nebula Theory, at present the standard model of planet formation, proposes that a star and planets are derived from a single spinning nebula. Woolfson here introduces an alternative, the Capture Theory, in which planets are produced from a protostar tidally disrupted by a condensed star which 'captures' most of the formed planets into orbits. These complex ideas are simplified and presented in an easily understandable, accessible way for all students of physics, astrology, cosmology and those interested in the beginning of our world as we know it.
A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Models of Planet Formation
A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Models of Planet Formation
Paperback      ISBN: 1786342731
"Two models for the origin of the Solar System, the Nebula Theory and the Capture Theory, are discussed by protagonists, Simon and Steven respectively, in the presence of Solomon, who oversees the discussions. Modelled on Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, this book provides new insight into different theories of cosmogony. The Nebula Theory, at present the standard model of planet formation, proposes that a star and planets are derived from a single spinning nebula. Woolfson hereintroduces an alternative, the Capture Theory, in which planets are produced from a protostar tidally disrupted by a condensed star which 'captures' most of the formed planets into orbits. These complex ideas are simplified and presented in an easily understandable, accessible way for all students of physics, astrology, cosmology and those interested in the beginning of our world as we know it"--
Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
Dispatches from Planet 3
Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300235747
A fascinating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomer from an award-winning science writer
Exploring the Solar System
Exploring the Solar System
Paperback      ISBN: 1405134992
The exploration of our solar system is one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements. The last fifty years in particular have seen huge steps forward in our understanding of the planets, the sun, and other objects in the solar system. Whilst planetary science is now a mature discipline - involving geoscientists, astronomers, physicists, and others – many profound mysteries remain, and there is indeed still the tantalizing possibility that we may find evidence of life on another planet in our system.Drawing upon the latest results from the second golden age of Solar System exploration, author Peter Bond provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of the planets, satellites and smaller debris that orbit the Sun. Written in an informal style, with minimal use of mathematics, this book is the ideal introductory text for non-science students and other readers with little or no science background. With the aid of numerous illustrations, many in full colour, this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe. This book: - Assumes no background in physics , astronomy or mathematics - Carefully explains key concepts - Gives balanced coverage to areas of controversy or uncertainty in planetary science - Is in in full color throughout and richly illustrated
Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration
Interplanetary Robots
True Stories of Space Exploration
Paperback      ISBN: 163388502x
A NASA insider and award-winning science writer explores the incredible missions of robotic spacecraft to every corner of our solar system and beyond, revealing extraordinary engineering achievements, daring imaginations and technological genius. Original.

Mars: The Pristine Beauty of the Red Planet
Mars
The Pristine Beauty of the Red Planet
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816532567
The most outstanding and uniquely curated selection of Mars orbital images ever assembled in one volume. With explanatory captions in 24 languages and a gallery of more than 200 images, this distinctive volume brings a timely and clear look at the work of an active NASA mission.