Stars, Planets, and Their Patterns

Author: Thomas K. Adamson

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1666355089

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 25

View: 8609

"What are stars? What are planets? Why are some brighter than others? And which planets can we see from Earth? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this easy-to-read title and discover the science behind stars, planets, and their patterns"--

Our Place in the Universe

Author: Sun Kwok

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319541722

Category: Science

Page: 267

View: 5662

If you have ever wanted to understand the basic principles of astronomy and celestial movements, you should read this book. Using pictures of the sky observed from different places on Earth, as well as drawings of ancient astronomical methods and tools, Prof. Sun Kwok tells this story in an entertaining and fascinating way. Since the beginning of human civilization, people have wondered about the structure of the cosmos and our place in the Universe. More than 2,000 years ago, our ancestors knew that the seasons were unequal, the Earth was an unattached object floating in space, and stars existed that they could not see. From celestial observations, they concluded that the Earth was round. Using simple tools and mathematics, ancient astronomers accurately determined the sizes of the Earth and Moon, the distance to the Moon, and the lengths of the months and year. With a clever device called the armillary sphere, Greek astronomers could predict the times of sunrise and sunset on any day of the year, at any place on Earth. They developed sophisticated mathematical models to forecast Mars’ motions hundreds of years into the future. Find out how ancient observers achieved these remarkable feats. With minimal use of mathematics, this book retraces the footsteps of our ancestors, explains their intellectual journeys in simple terms, and explores the philosophical implications of these discoveries.

Stars, Planets, and Their Patterns

Author: Thomas K. Adamson

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1666355046

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 25

View: 4058

What are stars? What are planets? Why are some brighter than others? And which planets can we see from Earth? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this easy-to-read title and discover the science behind stars, planets, and their patterns.


Author: Jewels Rocka

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1912706423

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 64

View: 3086

How did the Oracle of Delphi obtain her prophecies? Can you access information just by holding an object? Are itches actually messages? Is it really possible to read the future in the bottom of a teacup? In this condensed book, experienced seer Jewels Rocka outlines the theory and practice of divination, using illuminating examples from all over the world. Packed with useful information and miniturised reference tables, this is the essential pocket volume for the travelling prophet. "e;Fascinating"e; FINANCIAL TIMES. "e;Beautiful"e; LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "e;Rich and Artful"e; THE LANCET. "e;Genuinely mind-expanding"e; FORTEAN TIMES. "e;Excellent"e; NEW SCIENTIST. "e;Stunning"e; NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

A New History of Greek Mathematics

Author: Reviel Netz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108991912

Category: Philosophy

Page: 541

View: 7648

The ancient Greeks played a fundamental role in the history of mathematics and their ideas were reused and developed in subsequent periods all the way down to the scientific revolution and beyond. In this, the first complete history for a century. Reviel Netz offers a panoramic view of the rise and influence of Greek mathematics and its significance in world history. He explores the Near Eastern antecedents and the social and intellectual developments underlying the subject's beginnings in Greece in the fifth century BCE. He leads the reader through the proofs and arguments of key figures like Archytas, Euclid and Archimedes, and considers the totality of the Greek mathematical achievement which also includes, in addition to pure mathematics, such applied fields as optics, music, mechanics and, above all, astronomy. This is the story not only of a major historical development, but of some of the finest mathematics ever created.

The God Problem

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616145528

Category: Religion

Page: 555

View: 8203

God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you’re about to see. How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of this book, which finds clues in strange places. Why A does not equal A. Why one plus one does not equal two. How the Greeks used kickballs to reinvent the universe. And the reason that Polish-born Benoît Mandelbrot—the father of fractal geometry—rebelled against his uncle. You’ll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five. And you’ll be rewarded with author Howard Bloom’s provocative new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe. Called "truly awesome" by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown. From the Hardcover edition.

Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: Another 25 formative assessment probes

Author: Page Keeley,Francis Eberle

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 193353124X

Category: Education

Page: 198

View: 516

A resource for educators contains brief activities to help identify students' preconceptions about core science topics and includes teacher notes, research summaries, and suggestions for instructional approaches for teaching elementary, middle, and high school students.

What If You Could Unscramble an Egg?

Author: Robert Ehrlich

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813525488

Category: Science

Page: 246

View: 1030

A whimsical construction of an imaginary dialogue between two people intent on understanding esoteric topics that range from human sexuality to physics. Ehrlich (physics, George Mason U.) is dedicated to making the sciences fun and interesting, and though the conceit is "cute," the information it contains is dynamic and scientifically sound, posing interesting questions and speculations on life in the universe, human behavior, perception, gravity, material properties, physics, time, space, and a sample list of "What ifs?" to pursue on one's own. The answer to the title's question (we were dying to know) is that, in part, it's all a matter of probabilities. The promotional material says the cartoons are humorous. Not. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Polarimetry of Stars and Planetary Systems

Author: Ludmilla Kolokolova

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107043905

Category: Science

Page: 507

View: 2232

A comprehensive review of state-of-the-art techniques, models and research methods in modern astronomical polarimetry.

When Angels Cry

Author: Neil Antonio

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 143439476X

Category: Fiction

Page: 482

View: 9295

Pearls of Wisdom is a story about life and death. It is a story of one man's path to finding love, happiness and a fulfilled life. Aaron Long had died of terminal lung cancer. His loving wife Caitlin was grief stricken and had delayed gathering his personal belongings. Finally, after two weeks of grieving, she decided it was time to complete this task. While she was going through his personal belongings, she found an envelope with a note and safe deposit key. The note described a journal he had written, just before his death, and placed in a safe deposit box. Caitlin Long went to the safe deposit box and retrieved her husband's journal. As she began reading the journal, she soon realized it was his final gift to her. Pearls of Wisdom is about self discovery and self fulfillment. The importance of human relationships cannot be understated when attempting to have a happy and fulfilled life. The story deals with topics that people face during their lifetime. They may face some or all of the following topics: parental influence, success and failure, love, race, war, suicide, marriage and children, education, health and eventually death. Pearls of Wisdom is a story of love, hope and living life to its fullest.