A survey of archaeoastronomy explains how diverse ancient civilizations used the study of the stars and other astronomical phenomena to create calendars, scientific and mathematical systems, clocks, religions, and mythologies
A fascinating and authoritative introduction to the science of meteorites, written by leading experts in the field.
Meteorites are rocks from space that have fallen to the Earth's surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognized for giving us a unique insight into the nature of the material that was present when our solar system formed.
In Meteorites, experts from the Natural History Museum in London, England, provide a compelling and up-to-date introduction to these otherworldly objects.
This fully illustrated guide reveals:
- What meteorites are
- Where meteorites come from
- What they tell us about our solar system
- The latest information on key meteorite falls.
In clear, jargon-free language, the authors explain how meteorites provide us with invaluable information about planets beyond Earth -- both within our solar system and around other stars.
With its combination of color photographs, diagrams and maps, Meteorites/i> is the ultimate reference to these mysterious objects from space.
Illustrations by Tullio Pericoli. A lively collection of classic zingers from the mouths and pens of authors. "Who's better at being nasty than writers on other writers?"--The New York Times Magazine. A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB and WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK CLUB selection. Illustrations by Tullio Pericoli
With more than two hundred tree, shrub, and woody vine species in Minnesota, anyone with an interest in the outdoors has likely encountered an unfamiliar plant and wondered about its name, origin, characteristics, and habitat. In this new identification resource, the state's foremost botanist and endangered species expert Welby R. Smith provides authoritative, accessible, and up-to-date information on the state's native and naturalized woody plant species.
This fully illustrated resource features:
- Easy identification more than one thousand color photographs of fruit, flowers, bark, and leaves for every species, as well as more than one hundred illustrations by botanical artist Vera Ming Wong
- Distribution maps more than five hundred maps, including state and North American range maps
- Interesting background descriptions of each species' habitat, natural history, and ecology, which provide context to the entries
- Comprehensive coverage includes all native and naturalized trees, shrubs, and woody vines in Minnesota from Abies balsamea to Zanthozylum americanum.
Written for everyone from scientists and environmentalists to teachers and people interested in horticulture and gardening, Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota will engage and educate anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.
Welby R. Smith is a botanist for the Division of Ecological Resources at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is the author of Orchids of Minnesota (Minnesota, 1993).
* A Featured Alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, Scientific American Book Club, and Natural Science Book Club
* Includes 11 full-color illustrations by artist Lynette R. Cook " The Planets] lets us fall in love with the heavens all over again."
-The New York Times Book Review "Playful . . . lyrical . . . a guided tour so imaginative that we forget we're being educated as we're being entertained."
-Newsweek " Sobel] has outdone her extraordinary talent for keeping readers enthralled. . . . Longitude and Galileo's Daughter were exciting enough, but The Planets has a charm of its own . . . . A splendid and enticing book."
-San Francisco Chronicle "A sublime journey. Sobel's] writing . . . is as bright as the sun and its thinking as star-studded as the cosmos."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "An incantatory serenade to the Solar System. Grade A-"
-Entertainment Weekly "Like Sobel's Longitude and Galileo's Daughter] . . . The Planets] combines masterful storytelling with clear, engaging explanations of the essential scientific facts."
In the year 2003, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has ever been. This presents the best (and rare) opportunity to observe the Red Planet. This book is a well-illustrated resource created for the amateur astronomer. It covers everything that is needed to know to make the most of this unique occurrence.
The Mars Observer's Guide describes what equipment is needed to observe Mars and explains the various methods of recording what you can see: from simple sketches to CCD (charge-coupled devices) imaging.
Astronomers will also learn what to look for throughout 2003 and also in 2005 and 2007 when similar phenomena occur. The book goes beyond being an observational guide with an excellent general introduction to Mars. The planet's structure and key physical features are extensively described and illustrated.
The long history of its observation from Earth is also discussed, including the intriguing Martian canals controversy. The book addresses the various space missions to Mars -- past and future -- and contains fascinating images sent via space probes.
Mars Observer's Guide even considers the possibility of life on Mars which will encourage many current and would-be astronomers to diligently watch the Red Planet in 2003.
-- Also appeared on the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Independent, Wordstock, NCIBA, and Booksense bestseller lists
-- Winner of the Christopher Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award
-- Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and the American Library Association
-- Longitude sold more than 300,000 copies in paperback and spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
-- The Penguin edition features a stunning package with a beautiful step-back cover
From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, subjects engaging the heavens and outer space have intrigued people through the ages. And yet so many of us look up at the night sky and have to admit that we are totally in the dark when it comes to the most basic facts about the heavens.
Into the void steps Kenneth C. Davis with the latest addition to his bestselling and critically acclaimed DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT(R) series. Don't Know Much About(R) the Universe is a lively and readable guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration, from the beginning of civilization to the present. Using the now-familiar and popular question-and-answer format that has appealed to millions of readers, Davis sets his sights on a subject that has inspired the greatest of fascinations, produced many popular misconceptions, and ultimately helped shape the course of history.
From a historical overview of man's preoccupation with space to a guided tour of our solar system and beyond, Kenneth Davis seeks, as always, to entertain as he teaches. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.
Who dug those canals on Mars?
Is a "blue moon" really blue?
What does astronomy have to do with astrology?
Will we end with a bang or a whimper?