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1 online resource (115 p.) : col. ill.
  • Vital statistics
  • Anatomy of the Sun
  • Blemishes on the Sun
  • The sphere of influence
  • Tools of the trade.
"This book is an attempt to demystify the activities of a celestial object such as the Sun appealing to basic physics already available to high school students. Building on simple logic, the contents begin with measurements of the gross properties of the Sun like size (volume) and mass from which the average density of solar material is shown to be almost equal to water's density. Then the temperature is obtained using the colour of sunlight, and the gravitational force is discussed to indicate how the solar material is compressed at the centre of the Sun leading to heating which further causes nuclear reactions. The roles of all the forces of nature, viz. strong, weak, electromagnetic and gravitation are shown in the construction of the Sun. The generation of magnetic fields by solar rotation and the eruptions of solar atmospheric material are also included. To further demystify the methods of obtaining all such facts about the Sun, a chapter is solely devoted to the different kinds of solar telescopes operating at different wavelengths and also at different locations ranging from outer space to deep underground, where solar neutrino flux is measured. The entire discussion is interspersed with historical encounters between giants of science to show the human face of scientific research."--Publisher's website.
1 online resource (186 p.) : ill. (some col.)
  • Origins of Cosmology
  • Principles of General Relativity
  • Einstein's Static Universe
  • Expansion and Redshift
  • Hubble's Law
  • Friedmann Models
  • Geometry of the Universe
  • λCDM Model
  • Distances in Astronomy
  • The Big Bang
  • Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Evolution of the Early Universe
  • Cosmological Horizon
  • Inflation of the Universe
  • Multiverse and the Anthropic Principle
  • Big Bang and Stellar Nucleosynthesis
  • Dark Matter
  • Dark Energy
  • Black Holes
  • Naked Singularities
  • Wormholes
  • Myths in Cosmology.
"This book is about the history and the current state of the art in the exciting field of cosmology — the science about the Universe as a whole, which is guaranteed to attract the attention of a wide range of readers. It mostly aims to explain the main ideas of modern cosmology: the expanding Universe, its creation in a Big Bang, its evolution, characteristics, and structure, as well as issues — dark matter and dark energy, black holes and other exotic objects etc. It also answers most frequently asked questions about cosmology. How the Universe Works stands between a popular science book and a textbook, acting as a sort of a bridge across the great chasm separating popular science from true science. It can be also used as an introductory textbook for undergraduate students. It is also suitable for the non-experts in cosmology who wish to have an overview of the current state of the field. It is different from most popular science books because it avoids cutting corners in explanations and contains justification for various assumptions or estimations made in cosmology. It does not hide problems faced by modern cosmology as well as issues the community has no consensus about. It also does not try to pass hypotheses for established theories, which is not uncommon in scholarly articles."-- Provided by publisher.
1 online resource (374 p.) : ill. (chiefly col.)
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Comet dynamics
  • Physical evolution in observable comets
  • Capture of comets
  • Formation of comet reservoirs
  • Origin of comet nuclei
  • Outlook.
"Since several decades, comets have been considered as key witnesses of solar system formation. Their nature has been explored using the modern arsenal of Earth- and space-based observations, and they hold a central place as dynamical arbiters of the planetary system in the new paradigm of solar system evolution known as the Nice Model. Thus, they have the potential to test the various ideas, using the detailed data recently gathered by the ESA/Rosetta mission. This requires an understanding of their origin and evolution, which form the subject of the present book. All the relevant issues are covered2, describing both the background and the current frontiers of research."--Publisher's website.
1 online resource (212 p.) : ill. (some col.)
  • Classical cosmology
  • Early modern cosmology
  • Modern cosmology
  • Contemporary cosmology
  • Looking into the future.
"Cooking Cosmos is an exciting book that traces the history of men's endeavor to understand the Universe, and answers the eternal questions: "Who made this World?" "Where did it come from?" "How and why did it begin?" Thousands of years of continual interaction with nature has brought mankind to the present stage when we have some inkling about the working of nature. We now know that the Earth, our habitat, is only one of the planets orbiting the Sun. The Sun itself is a star among billions of stars in the Universe. We know that our solar system came into existence some 4.5 billion years ago and it is but only a tiny component of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Our Universe contains some 100 billion of galaxies. We know that the Universe itself came into existence with the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago and even now galaxies are receding from each other with ever increasing speed. This book takes you through the intellectual journey of mankind, unraveling the mysteries of the Cosmos. Starting from Aristotle's Earth-centered Universe, it will take you step by step to the Copernican Sun-centered Universe, to Hubble's expanding Universe, to the Big Bang, to the currently accepted accelerating Universe. In the process, the book explores the origin of space-time, black hole, black hole radiation, dark matter, dark energy, quantum gravity, string theory, all in terms comprehensible to general audiences."--Publisher's website.
1 online resource (399 p.) : ill. (some col.)
"Distant galaxies encapsulate the various stages of galaxy evolution and formation from over 95% of the development of the universe. As early as twenty-five years ago, little was known about them, however since the first systematic survey was completed in the 1990s, increasing amounts of resources have been devoted to their discovery and research. This book summarises for the first time the numerous techniques used for observing, analysing, and understanding the evolution and formation of these distant galaxies. In this rapidly expanding research field, this text is an every-day companion handbook for graduate students and active researchers. It provides guidelines in sample selection, imaging, integrated spectroscopy and 3D spectroscopy, which help to avoid the numerous pitfalls of observational and analysis techniques in use in extragalactic astronomy. It also paves the way for establishing relations between fundamental properties of distant galaxies. At each step, the reader is assisted with numerous practical examples and ready-to-use methodology to help understand and analyse research. François Hammer worked initially in general relativity and made the first modelling of gravitational lenses prior to their spectroscopic confirmation. Following this, he became co-leader of the first complete survey of distant galaxies, the Canada–France–Redshift Survey. This led to the discovery of the strong decrease of the cosmic star formation density measured from UV light as z=1, which, alongside Hector Flores, they confirmed as bolometric and dust independent. With Mathieu Puech, they then pioneered the 3D spectroscopy of distant galaxies, leading to a major increase of understanding of the dynamic state of distant galaxies evidenced by the scatter of the Tully–Fisher relation. This led them to propose, with the addition to the team of Myriam Rodrigues, that galactic disks may survive or be rebuilt in gas-rich mergers, a scenario that is consistent with contemporary cosmological simulations. Besides extensive observational experience, the authors have led, or are leading, several instruments implemented or to be implemented at the largest telescopes, including VLT/Giraffe, VLT/X-shooter, VLT/MOONS and E-ELT/MOSAIC. They have also developed several observational techniques in adaptive optics, and in sky subtraction for integral field units and fibre instruments."--Publisher's website.
1 computer optical disc : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 p. : map ; 12 cm.)
East Asia Library
1 computer optical disc : col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Includes a digitized facsimile of the 1610 Venice edition of Galileo's Sidereus nuncius from the copy in the Warnock Library; the English translation by Albert Van Helden (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1989) and a commentary by Van Helden. Text is searchable and displays may be magnified up to 600%.
Special Collections
14 CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in.
A basemap mosaic of the Earth's Moon. The lunar basemap is radiometrically and geometrically controlled, photometrically modeled global image mosaid consisting of more than 43,000 observations from the Clementine spacecraft.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
1 CD-ROM : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Surface descriptions, GIF images, text captions, and HTML documents for the planets in our solar system.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
7 CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (14 p. ; 12 cm.)
  • disk 0. Coadded images : southern equatorial sky
  • disk 1. Coadded images : northern equatorial sky
  • disk 5. Single HCON and coadded images : -20⁰ > β > -50⁰
  • disk 6. Single HCON and coadded images : 20⁰ < β < 50⁰
  • disk 7. ISSA reject set : single HCON and coadded images : -20⁰ > ơ > -40⁰
  • disk 8. ISSA reject set : single HCON and coadded images : -20⁰ < ơ < 20⁰
  • disk 9. ISSA reject set : single HCON and coadded images : 20⁰ < ơ < 40⁰.
Infrared intensity images measured at spatial scales larger than about 5' and designed to give relative photometry for objects outside the solar system (not for determining absolute surface brightness of sky). Contains duplicates of the coadded high-altitude images found in the 1991 ISSA. Individual hours confirmation (HCON) images found in the 1991 ISSA are not duplicated in this set. To obtain a full complement of individual HCON images requires the 1991 ISSA.
Contains images covering latitudes within 20⁰ of the ecliptic plane that are of reduced quality compared to the rest of the ISSA fields and are referred as the ISSA Reject Set.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
1 CD-ROM : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 user guide (8 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.)
Database of 267 globe images with catalog of thumbnail images for previewing the entire collection, hints and tips for using images, and a sample map from the Mountain high maps collection of relief maps. Includes 103 high-resolution RGB images at 300dpi (2200 2200 pixels) in TIFF format made up of: 60 globes with white backgrounds; 21 globes with colored backgrounds; 22 backgrounds and masks for halo, star, and cloud effects.
Includes 164 low-resolution images at 72dpi (640 x 480 pixels) in PICT or BMP formats, all with colored backgrounds.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
computer laser optical discs : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 container insert user's guide with each disc.
ROSAT was launched June 1, 1990, into a 96 minute ecliptic-near-polar orbit. Images on discs were obtained by X-ray detectors on board ROSAT X-ray satellite observatory.
"Cooperating institutions in Germany, US, and UK had to officially terminate programme, after 4 1/2 years, due to irreversible damage to satellite's HRI on Sept. 20, 1998 when it came close to the sun"- ROSAT News no. 67, Nov. 1998.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
1 CD-ROM : col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 user's guide (135 p. ; 23 cm.) + 1 CD-ROM installation disk (3 1/2 in.)
Presents basic astronomical principles, and permits selection and printing of detailed star charts, simulations of astronomical events, and control of conventional or automated telescopes. Level IV also contains several different star catalogs, including the complete Hubble Guide Star Catalog (GSC).
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Stanford Libraries
CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in. + user's guides.
  • pt. 1 (discs 1-61). The southern hemisphere.
Contains compressed digitized Schmidt survey images, astrometric calibration databases, and data access software.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
3 computer disks : sd., col. ; 3 1/2 in. + 1 card (21 cm. folded to 10 cm.)
Permits search and display of colored images of the earth as seen from the window of the Space Shuttle Endeavour with related text, world maps, and background reference material for countries of the world.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
1 CD-ROM ; 4 5/8 in. + 2 computer disks (5 1/4 in.) + 1 user's guide (iii, 109, 39 p. ; 30 cm.)
Contains observed and derived gravity measurements contributed by many national and international organizations in both academia and government. Includes geopolitical base map reference data and software. Derived summary data set descriptions included in manual. Provides histogram, listing, or gridded displays of data and permits retrieval and output of data sets by latitude/longitude or specific regions.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
4 CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (10 p. ; 12 cm.)
  • disk 1. Coadded images
  • disk 2. Fields 1-71, single HCON, and coadded images
  • disk 3. Fields 72-363, single HCON, and coadded images
  • disk 4. Fields 364-430, single HCON, and coadded images.
Infrared intensity images measured at spatial scales larger than about 5' and designed to give relative photometry for objects outside the solar system (not for determining absolute surface brightness of sky). The 162 fields in these discs cover 38% of the sky, with complete coverage of ecliptic latitudes from 50⁰ to 90⁰ and from -50⁰ to -90⁰. Booklet includes map key.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in.
  • [1] Magellan mosaicked image data (Aug. 91-Nov. 92)(MG 0002-MG 0006: C1-MIDR + F-MIDR)(MG 0008-MG 0067: C1-Mosaics + F-Mosaics)
  • [2] Magellan altimetry/radiometry data (April 1992) (MG 2001-MG 2010: ARCDR)
  • [3] Magellan global altimetric/radiometic data (MG 3001: ARGDR?)
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
CD-ROMs ; 4 3/4 in.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)