Astronomy Through the Ages

  • Filename: astronomy-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 9780203212738
  • Release Date: 2003-05-20
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sir Robert Wilson
  • Publisher: CRC Press

From an historical perspective, this text presents an entirely non- mathematical introduction to astronomy from the first endeavours of the ancients to the current developments in research enabled by cutting edge technological advances. Free of mathematics and complex graphs, the book nevertheless explains deep concepts of space and time, of relativity and quantum mechanics, and of origin and nature of the universe. It conveys not only the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also the human side and the scientific method as practised by Kepler, defined and elucidated by Galileo, and then demonstrated by Newton.

Astronomy for All Ages

  • Filename: astronomy-for-all-ages.
  • ISBN: 1564403882
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Philip S. Harrington
  • Publisher:

With an emphasis on group and family interaction, this collection of 51 fascinating and engaging activities opens up the gateway to outer space for stargazers young and old. The projects are designed to produce an understanding and lifelong appreciation of the universe around us. By simply looking up at the sky - with the unaided eye, binoculars or telescope - parents, camp counselors and classroom teachers will, with the aid of this book, find innovative activities that help children identify, understand and appreciate the objects in the Milky Way and galaxies beyond. With this book, you will become acquainted with the constellations, planets and phases of the moon, plus you can learn how to spot human-made satellites. You will learn how sundials and telescopes work and be able to start experimenting with astrophotography. You'll also find out what causes shooting stars, auroras, nebulae, metoeor showers, comets and other galactic phenomena. Charts of lunar-eclipse and meteor-shower dates will help you plan your viewing schedules. Clear, helpful diagrams, star charts, and outstanding photographs help adults guide children through the world of astronomy and make this book a delight to use.

Perilous Planet Earth

  • Filename: perilous-planet-earth.
  • ISBN: 0521819288
  • Release Date: 2003-06-12
  • Number of pages: 522
  • Author: Trevor Palmer
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A readable 2003 account of the history of natural disasters throughout history.

Scientific Development and Misconceptions Through the Ages

  • Filename: scientific-development-and-misconceptions-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 031330226X
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Robert E. Krebs
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Discover the intriguing development of science and the scientific process while examining how it has often been hindered as well as advanced by misconceptions.

Janice VanCleave s Science Through the Ages

  • Filename: janice-vancleave-s-science-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 9780471208303
  • Release Date: 2002-10-18
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Janice VanCleave
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

How much would you weigh on Mars? What can exploding balloons tell us about weather? Why do heavy ships stay afloat on water? How can you lift an elephant with one finger? You'll discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions when you journey through science history with Janice VanCleave as your guide. Packed with fun facts, activities, and experiments, Janice VanCleave's Science Through the Ages introduces you to the amazing stories behind some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. Each chapter provides easy-to-follow instructions for hands-on experiments, as well as clear explanations that reveal the many ways science has helped people--from ancient times right up through today! You'll find out how to use Stone Age tools to make art, build a simple telescope, look at your own blood vessels (did you know you have thousands of miles of them?), construct a stethoscope, create a model of Galileo's gas thermometer, and much more. As with all of Janice VanCleave's books, the materials are safe, inexpensive, and easily found around the house. So take a time-traveling tour of discovery and get ready for hours and hours of fascinating science fun--at home or in the classroom.

Janice Van Cleave s Scientists Through the Ages

  • Filename: janice-van-cleave-s-scientists-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 0613935187
  • Release Date: 2003-12-12
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Janice Pratt VanCleave
  • Publisher:

Profiles of some of history' s greatest scientists- - and fun experiments that demonstrate their theories! Janice VanCleave' s Scientists Through the Ages profiles the lives and work of more than twenty-five important thinkers in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. This exciting book includes short biographies of the scientists, descriptions of their contributions to science, and simple experiments that reveal some of their most important discoveries. You' ll meet scientists from every part of the world and every age, from Archimedes to Einstein, Galileo Galilei to Maria Mitchell, and Mary Anning to Marie Curie. Every experiment can be performed at home or in the classroom with safe, inexpensive materials. So find out how these famous scientists made life better for all of us, and start your own explorations with these fun and easy experiments!

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy

  • Filename: the-history-and-practice-of-ancient-astronomy.
  • ISBN: 019987445X
  • Release Date: 1998-10-01
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: James Evans
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on science to bring readers into direct contact with the work of ancient astronomers. While tracing ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the book places its greatest emphasis on the Greek period, when astronomers developed the geometric and philosophical ideas that have determined the subsequent character of Western astronomy. The author approaches this history through the concrete details of ancient astronomical practice. Carefully organized and generously illustrated, the book can teach readers how to do real astronomy using the methods of ancient astronomers. For example, readers will learn to predict the next retrograde motion of Jupiter using either the arithmetical methods of the Babylonians or the geometric methods of Ptolemy. They will learn how to use an astrolabe and how to design sundials using Greek and Roman techniques. The book also contains supplementary exercises and patterns for making some working astronomical instruments, including an astrolabe and an equatorium. More than a presentation of astronomical methods, the book provides a critical look at the evidence used to reconstruct ancient astronomy. It includes extensive excerpts from ancient texts, meticulous documentation, and lively discussions of the role of astronomy in the various cultures. Accessible to a wide audience, this book will appeal to anyone interested in how our understanding of our place in the universe has changed and developed, from ancient times through the Renaissance.

Alchemists Through the Ages

  • Filename: alchemists-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 9781602063150
  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Arthur E. Waite
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

Alchemy-the word itself conjures up images of charlatans mixing potions and concocting remedies during the Middle Ages in a futile quest to transform lead into gold. But the roots of alchemy can be traced back more than 2,500 years to locales as disparate as Egypt, India, and China, and it was considered serious science until as recently as the 16th century. In this highly regarded volume first published in 1888, Arthur E. Waite examines the lives and works of more than fifty alchemists, from the year 850 through the end of the 18th century. Readers will learn about such renowned figures as Thomas Aquinas, Roger Bacon, and Pope John XXII, and decide for themselves whether alchemy was the true precursor to modern chemistry or a pseudo-science populated by quacks. American-born British author ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE (1857-1942) was co-creator of the famous 1910 Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Among his numerous books are Book of Ceremonial Magic, Devil Worship in France, and New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.

The Five Ages of the Universe

  • Filename: the-five-ages-of-the-universe.
  • ISBN: 9780684865768
  • Release Date: 2000-06-19
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Fred C. Adams
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

THE FIVE AGES OF THE UNIVERSE is a riveting biography of the universe which describes for the first time five distinct eras that Adams and Laughlin themselves defined as a result of their own research. From the first gasp of inflation that caused the Big Bang, through the birth of stars, to the fading of all light, THE FIVE AGES OF THE UNIVERSE describes the death of our own sun, tremendous fiery supernovae explosions, dramatic collisions of galaxies, proton decay, the evaporation of black holes and the possibility of communications when there are no planets or stars or even black holes left. This is a voyage to a land of red giants, white dwarfs, brown dwarfs, great walls larger than galaxies and WIMPs. With daring uncharacteristic of most scientists, the authors have applied themselves to the question of what precise kind of biology could possibly exist when, say, carbon atoms no longer exist. What, ultimately, is a lifeform? Their insight into the fundamental physics that allows life is both fascinating and provocative. Readers will find all the strange colour of science fiction with none of the fiction in this awesome scientific epic.

Gardner s Art Through the Ages

  • Filename: gardner-s-art-through-the-ages.
  • ISBN: 0495410586
  • Release Date: 2008-01
  • Number of pages: 1088
  • Author: Kleiner
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

As fascinating as a real visit to the world's famous museums and architectural sites, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY gives you a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions—plus all the study tools you need to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, you'll also find materials that will help you master the key topics quickly and help you study for your exams—for example, "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, and ArtStudy Online (a free interactive study guide that includes flash cards of images and quizzes).

Secret Wisdom

  • Filename: secret-wisdom.
  • ISBN: 1848372418
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Ruth Clydesdale
  • Publisher: Arcturus Pub

Secret Wisdom is a profusely illustrated exploration of the Western mystery tradition and its development through the centuries. Aspects of the tradition can be seen to have influenced the growth of Christianity, the culture of the Renaissance, and even the great discoveries of astronomy and experimental science. The book explains this hidden current of knowledge and demonstrates how profoundly important it has been, subtly yet strongly influencing our culture in a variety of ways.

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