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Software/Multimedia
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.
Book
1 volume (various pagings) : illustration (some color), color map ; 28 cm
  • I. Developing Perspective 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe for Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy II. Key Concepts for Astronomy 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light: The Cosmic Messenger III. Learning from Other Worlds 6. Formation of the Solar System 7. Earth and the Terrestrial Worlds 8. Jovian Planet Systems 9. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: Their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 10. Other Planetary Systems: The New Science of Distant Worlds IV. Stars 11. Our Star 12. Surveying the Stars 13. Star Stuff 14. The Bizarre Stellar Graveyard V. Galaxies and Beyond 15. Our Galaxy 16. A Universe of Galaxies 17. The Birth of the Universe 18. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe VI. Life on Earth and Beyond 19. Life in the Universe.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134446431 20171227
For one-semester courses in astronomy. A practical introduction to Astronomy with an emphasis on critical thinking about our place in the universe This 8th Edition of Essential Cosmic Perspective provides readers without science backgrounds with a streamlined, cutting-edge introduction to astronomy. Built on a strong tradition of effective pedagogy and coverage, the text focuses on skill-building and includes group work exercises that require active participation. Dedicated to bringing an understanding of the universe, its scientific basis and its relevance to our lives, each chapter is written to specific learning goals that build an ideal learning path for readers. Aiming to foster a lifelong learning experience, the authors focus on key concepts, providing big picture context, promoting conceptual understanding, and preferring plain language to jargon. The 8th Edition incorporates the latest scientific updates in the field of astronomy and includes new features that reinforce critical thinking and excite readers' curiosity. New features such as Extraordinary Claims engage readers by presenting extraordinary claims about the universe and how they were either supported or debunked as scientists collected more evidence, reinforcing the process of science and how scientists think critically to evaluate them. My Cosmic Perspective establishes a personal connection between readers and the cosmos as they learn to think critically about the meaning of what they learn in their astronomy studies and beyond. Designed and written for a one semester course, this text shares many of the strengths of its more comprehensive best-selling sibling, The Cosmic Perspective. Also available with Mastering Astronomy Mastering (TM) Astronomy is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students with vetted, interactive content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning new Interactive Prelecture videos that give students exposure to key concepts before class and open classroom time for active learning or deeper discussions of topics. With Learning Catalytics (TM) instructors can expand on key concepts and encourage student engagement during lecture through questions answered individually or in pairs and groups. Students further master concepts through book-specific Mastering Astronomy assignments, which provide hints and answer-specific feedback that build problem-solving skills. Mastering Astronomy now features Virtual Astronomy Labs, providing assignable online laboratory activities that use Stellarium and Interactive Figures. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering (TM) Astronomy does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Astronomy, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and Mastering Astronomy, search for: 0134516338 / 9780134516332 Essential Cosmic Perspective Plus Mastering Astronomy with eText, The -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0134509293 / 9780134509297 Mastering Astronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Essential Cosmic Perspective, The0134446437 / 9780134446431 Essential Cosmic Perspective, The.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134446431 20171227
Engineering Library (Terman)
PHYSICS-16-01
Book
1 online resource (181 p.) : ill. (some col.)
"Nuclear planetary science has come to play an important role in our understanding of the origin and evolution of the planetary bodies in our solar system. A newly established branch of planetary science, its study aids in humankind's exploration of the present states of the structures of various planetary bodies (including the Earth), their atmospheres and their satellites, as well as small celestial bodies (e.g. asteroids), through direct observation. Knowing the elemental composition of the planetary bodies is essential in order to understand the formation and evolution of planetary bodies — just as important as it is to know the mass, radius, density and orbit of the celestial body. Suitable for students and specialists interested in the much wider field of Earth and Planetary Science, topics related to the planets and asteroids in the solar system are dealt with in this book. Techniques related to nuclear planetary science's nuclear cosmochemical and geological methods are also covered in this book."--Publisher's website.
Software/Multimedia
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.
Book
1 online resource (186 p.) : ill. (some col.).
"This is a revisit of a radical theory of cometary panspermia and cosmic life that was first proposed by Chandra Wickramasinghe and the late Sir Fred Hoyle in 1982. In its earliest form the theory of cosmic life started off as a speculation in 1974 after the first discovery of complex organic molecules and polymeric dust in interstellar space. The speculation soon developed into a serious scientific theory, predictions of which were available to be verified or falsified. Over four decades there have been a multitude of tests and predictions of the theory being positive in vindicating the proposition of life as a cosmic rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon. A paradigm shift of enormous magnitude and significance is to be expected. The ideas and theories described in this book would have a far-reaching influence affecting the future development of diverse branches of science."--Publisher's website.
Book
1 online resource (xxii, 579 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color).
Book
154 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Green Library
Book
1 online resource (xx, 417 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Book
xx, 344 pages ; 24 cm.
In 1984, Noel Swerdlow and Otto Neugebauer argued that Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) explained planetary motion by using mathematical devices and astronomical models originally developed by Islamic astronomers in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Was this a parallel development, or did Copernicus somehow learn of the work of his predecessors, and if so, how? And if Copernicus did use material from the Islamic world, how then should we understand the European context of his innovative cosmology? Although Copernicus's work has been subject to a number of excellent studies, there has been little attention paid to the sources and diverse cultures that might have inspired him. Foregrounding the importance of interactions between Islamic and European astronomers and philosophers, Before Copernicus explores the multi-cultural, multi-religious, and multi-lingual context of learning on the eve of the Copernican revolution, determining the relationship between Copernicus and his predecessors. Essays by Christopher Celenza and Nancy Bisaha delve into the European cultural and intellectual contexts of the fifteenth century, revealing both the profound differences between "them" and "us, " and the nascent attitudes that would mark the turn to modernity. Michael Shank, F. Jamil Ragep, Sally Ragep, and Robert Morrison depict the vibrant and creative work of astronomers in the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish worlds. In other essays, Rivka Feldhay, Raz Chen-Morris, and Edith Sylla demonstrate the importance of shifting outlooks that were critical for the emergence of a new worldview. Highlighting the often-neglected intercultural exchange between Islam and early modern Europe, Before Copernicus reimagines the scientific revolution in a global context.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780773550100 20170717
Green Library
Book
200 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm.
Comets are different from anything else seen in the sky. They can appear anywhere, they move against the background of stars and they change their appearance with time, becoming fuzzy and then sprouting long tails. They have inspired scientists, artists, authors, innumerable religious figures and many people who have seen reflected in them their hopes, fears and sense of wonder in the universe. Comets takes the reader on a far-ranging exploration of these fascinating phenomena - the most beautiful and dramatic objects in the skies. Andrew Karam delves into the science of comets, the ways in which our scientific understanding of them has changed and how they have been depicted in art, religion, literature and popular culture. He also traces history's most important comets, including the comet that convinced the Romans that Julius Caesar was a god and the 1066 appearance of Halley's Comet, which was seen to foreshadow the death of Harold the Second in the Battle of Hastings. Comprehensive in scope and beautifully illustrated throughout, this enjoyable and informative book will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about these compelling, remarkable celestial bodies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780238302 20171106
Green Library
Software/Multimedia
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.
Book
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star 15. Surveying the Stars 16. Star Birth 17. Star Stuff 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND 19. Our Galaxy 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology 21. Galaxy Evolution 22. The Birth of the Universe 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134073828 20160619
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 7. Our Planetary System 8. Formation of the Solar System 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 11. Jovian Planet Systems 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star 15. Surveying the Stars 16. Star Birth 17. Star Stuff 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND 19. Our Galaxy 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology 21. Galaxy Evolution 22. The Birth of the Universe 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134059068 20160619
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 7. Our Planetary System 8. Formation of the Solar System 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 11. Jovian Planet Systems 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134073811 20160619
For two-semester courses in astronomy. Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. This text offers a wealth of features that enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively engage students in the learning process for key concepts. The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student's lives. This text is also available in two volumes, which can be purchased separately: *The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-13, 14, S1, 24)*The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-3, S1, 4-6, S2-S4, 14-24) Also available with MasteringAstronomy MasteringAstronomy from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources. Students can further master concepts after class through homework assignments that provide interactivity, hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions. Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever-before, during, and after class. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringAstronomy does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MasteringAstronomy, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase boththe physical text and MasteringAstronomy, search for: 0134058291 / 9780134058290 Cosmic Perspective Plus MasteringAstronomy with eText -- Access Card Package, The Package consists of: 0134059069 / 9780134059068 Cosmic Perspective, The 0134080572 / 9780134080574 MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for The Cosmic Perspective 0321765184 / 9780321765185 SkyGazer 5.0 Student Access Code Card (Integrated component).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134059068 20160619
Engineering Library (Terman)
PHYSICS-16-01
Book
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star 15. Surveying the Stars 16. Star Birth 17. Star Stuff 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND 19. Our Galaxy 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology 21. Galaxy Evolution 22. The Birth of the Universe 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134073828 20160619
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 7. Our Planetary System 8. Formation of the Solar System 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 11. Jovian Planet Systems 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star 15. Surveying the Stars 16. Star Birth 17. Star Stuff 18. The Bizarre. Stellar Graveyard PART VI. GALAXIES AND BEYOND 19. Our Galaxy 20. Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology 21. Galaxy Evolution 22. The Birth of the Universe 23. Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134059068 20160619
  • PART I. DEVELOPING PERSPECTIVE 1. A Modern View of the Universe 2. Discovering the Universe For Yourself 3. The Science of Astronomy S1. Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation PART II. KEY CONCEPTS FOR ASTRONOMY 4. Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity 5. Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos 6. Telescopes: Portals of Discovery PART III. LEARNING FROM OTHER WORLDS 7. Our Planetary System 8. Formation of the Solar System 9. Planetary Geology: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 10. Planetary Atmospheres: Earth and the Other Terrestrial Worlds 11. Jovian Planet Systems 12. Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets: their Nature, Orbits, and Impacts 13. Other Planetary Systems: the New Science of Distant Worlds PART IV. A DEEPER LOOK AT NATURE S2. Space and Time S3. Spacetime and Gravity S4. Building Blocks of the Universe PART V. STARS 14. Our Star PART VII. LIFE ON EARTH AND BEYOND 24. Life In the Universe Appendixes Glossary Credits Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134073811 20160619
For two-semester courses in astronomy. Teaching the Process of Science through Astronomy Building on a long tradition of effective pedagogy and comprehensive coverage, The Cosmic Perspective, Eighth Edition provides a thoroughly engaging and up-to-date introduction to astronomy for non-science majors. This text offers a wealth of features that enhance student understanding of the process of science and actively engage students in the learning process for key concepts. The fully updated Eighth Edition includes the latest scientific discoveries, revises several subjects based on our most current understanding of the cosmos, and now emphasizes deeper understanding of the twists and turns of the process of science and the relevance of concepts to student's lives. This text is also available in two volumes, which can be purchased separately: *The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-13, 14, S1, 24)*The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology, Eighth Edition (includes Chapters 1-3, S1, 4-6, S2-S4, 14-24) Also available with MasteringAstronomy MasteringAstronomy from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources. Students can further master concepts after class through homework assignments that provide interactivity, hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions. Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever-before, during, and after class. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringAstronomy does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MasteringAstronomy, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase boththe physical text and MasteringAstronomy, search for: 0134058291 / 9780134058290 Cosmic Perspective Plus MasteringAstronomy with eText -- Access Card Package, The Package consists of: 0134059069 / 9780134059068 Cosmic Perspective, The 0134080572 / 9780134080574 MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for The Cosmic Perspective 0321765184 / 9780321765185 SkyGazer 5.0 Student Access Code Card (Integrated component).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780134059068 20160619
Engineering Library (Terman)
PHYSICS-16-01
Book
134 pages ; 23 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

16. The dark universe [2017]

Book
1 online resource (x, 25 pages) : color illustrations.
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Dark matter
  • Dark energy
  • Flat [lambda]CDM and the cosmological parameters of the Universe
  • Current directions
  • Weak gravitational lensing
  • Baryon acoustic oscillations
  • Galaxy clusters
  • Redshift space distortions
  • Outlook.
Just over 95% of our Universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and dark matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions, with the gravity of dark matter slowly pulling structures in the Universe together, and dark energy fuelling the Universe's accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. In this book we will explore this dark enigma and introduce the cosmologist's toolkit of observations and techniques that allow us to confront different theories on the dark Universe. I'll explain why I believe that, to truly understand the dark Universe, we will need some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.
Book
1 online resource (248 p.) : ill. (some col.)
"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, astronomy, cosmology and those interested in the beginning of our world as we know it."--Publisher's website.

18. Du ciel [2017]

Book
xv, 407 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Préface : À propos du corpus aristotélicien (A. C.-S.) -- Structure et plan du Traité du ciel -- Cosmologie et mécanique -- Aristote critique de Platon -- La méthode d'Aristote dans le Traité du ciel -- Les mathématiques dans le Traité du ciel -- Quelques critiques d'Aristote dans l'Antiquité -- Note sur le texte grec.
"Le traité Du ciel est l'un des plus importants traités de cosmologie que nous a transmis l'Antiquité. Aristote y livre une physique générale du domaine où se trouvent les astres, et s'emploie à montrer que l'univers obéit à des lois physiques et structurelles qui ont un caractère nécessaire et dans lequel les données de l'expérience n'ont que peu d'importance. Ce traité a connu une influence exceptionnelle : c'est en partant de ce modèle de l'univers que Ptolémée constituera son système géocentrique, schéma qui ne sera remis en question qu'avec les découvertes de Copernic. La cosmologie d'Aristote a ainsi servi de base à un système qui traversa près de deux millénaires."--Page 4 of cover.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
On 21 August 2017, over 100 million people will gather in a narrow belt across the USA to witness the most watched total solar eclipse in history. Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon, written by the widely read popular science author Frank Close, describes the spellbinding allure of this most beautiful natural phenomenon. The book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and focuses on eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervour to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe to be present at the moment of totality. The book includes the author's quest to solve a 3000 years old mystery: how did the moon move backwards during a total solar eclipse, as claimed in the Book of Joshua? It is an inspirational tale: how a teacher and an eclipse inspired the author, aged eight, to a life in science, and a love affair with eclipses, which takes him to a war zone in the Western Sahara, to the South Pacific and the African bush. The tale comes full circle with another eight-year old boy - the author's grandson - at the 2017 great American eclipse. Readers of all ages will be drawn to this inspirational chronicle of the mesmerizing experience of total solar eclipse.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198795490 20171204
Engineering Library (Terman)
Book
1 online resource (various pagings) : illustrations (chiefly color).
  • * Introduction* Electrostatics principles* Electrical breakdown and charge decay in planetary atmospheres* The terrestrial electrostatic environment* Spacecraft and satellites in the electrostatic environment of the Earth* The electrostatic environment of the Moon* The electrostatic environment of asteroids* The Martian electrostatic environment* The electrostatic environments of Venus and Mercury* The electrostatic environments of the giant planets.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781681744766 20170508
The diverse planetary environments in the solar system react in somewhat different ways to the encompassing influence of the Sun. These different interactions define the electrostatic phenomena that take place on and near planetary surfaces. The desire to understand the electrostatic environments of planetary surfaces goes beyond scientific inquiry. These environments have enormous implications for both human and robotic exploration of the solar system. This book describes in some detail what is known about the electrostatic environment of the solar system from early and current experiments on Earth as well as what is being learned from the instrumentation on the space exploration missions (NASA, European Space Agency, and the Japanese Space Agency) of the last few decades. It begins with a brief review of the basic principles of electrostatics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781681744766 20170508