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Music and Science in the Age of Galileo

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Music and Science in the Age of Galileo (The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science) by V. Coelho
English | Jan 5, 2011 | ISBN: 9048142180 | 252 Pages | PDF | 7 MB
Music and Science in the Age of Galileo features twelve new essays by leading specialists in the fields of musicology, history of science, astronomy, philosophy, and instrument building that explore the relations between music and the scientific culture of Galileo's time. The essays take a broad historical approach towards understanding such topics as the role of music in Galileo's experiments and in the scientific revolution, the musical formation of scientists, Galileo's impact on the art and music of his time, the scientific knowledge of instrument builders, and the scientific experiments and cultural context of Galileo's father, Vincenzo Galilei.

Music and Science in the Age of Galileo
This volume opens up new areas in both musicology and the history of science, and twists together various strands of parallel work by musicians and scientists on Galileo and his time.
This book will be of interest to musicologists, historians of science and those interested in interdisciplinary perspectives of the late Renaissance — early Baroque. For its variety of approaches, it will be a valuable collection of readings for graduate students, and those seeking a more integrated approach to historical problems.
The book will be of interest to historians of science, philosophers, musicologists, astronomers, and mathematicians.
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Polarised Light

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Polarised Light
English | Physics, Optics | 13. February 2001 | ISBN-10: 0750306734 | 122 pages | pdf | 0.6 mb
We humans cannot see when light is polarized and this leads to unfortunate misapprehensions about this aspect of nature. Even scientists who should know better often assume that it is an obscure topic of specialized interest in only a few rather isolated areas.

Polarised Light
In fact, it is a universal feature of our world and most natural light is at least partially polarized. In the animal kingdom, insects and other animals exploit such natural polarization in some fascinating ways since they do not share this human deficiency and can both detect and analyze polarization. It may be our unfamiliarity with this aspect of light that also makes people think it is a difficult subject, yet the basis is extremely simple. When these misconceptions are overcome, the phenomena associated with polarization are found to be important throughout science and technology, from physics, astronomy, natural history, geology, chemistry, and several branches of engineering to crafts such as glass-blowing and jewelry. Polarized light also involves some very beautiful effects, most of which are easy to demonstrate. Enriching our perception of the world, this book addresses these misconceptions and provides a framework for applications. It covers wave alignment and crystals as well as various phenomena such as scattering and reflection.
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Playing with Planets

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Playing with Planets
English | Astrophysics, Astronomy | 31. March 2009 | ISBN-10: 9812793070 | 143 pages | pdf | 3 mb
If you think the future is a mystery, think again. With a solid foothold in realism, an extraordinary insight into scientific and technological developments, and a dry sense of humor, Nobel laureate Professor Gerard T Hooft confidently dissects fact from fiction and shows us what our future might really hold.

Playing with Planets
Professor T Hooft takes the reader firmly by the hand and, within the boundaries of solid physics and proven laws of nature, takes us on a ride into the world of the future, which holds remarkable suprises for us all. 'Do you dream of intergalaxy space travel, time warps, and mini-mes?' – T Hooft asks. 'Then please, get yourself some more science fiction books, for fiction it is. But for those who are interested in the real world, let me tell you what we CAN expect for the future.' We meet robots with a sense of irony, ride elevators into space, and build floating cities; let us just say that "Playing with Planets", which is translated from the original Dutch edition by Professor T Hooft's daughter Saskia, supports the old adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
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Playing with Planets

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Playing with Planets
English | Astrophysics, Astronomy | 31. March 2009 | ISBN-10: 9812793070 | 143 pages | pdf | 3 mb
If you think the future is a mystery, think again. With a solid foothold in realism, an extraordinary insight into scientific and technological developments, and a dry sense of humor, Nobel laureate Professor Gerard T Hooft confidently dissects fact from fiction and shows us what our future might really hold.

Playing with Planets
Professor T Hooft takes the reader firmly by the hand and, within the boundaries of solid physics and proven laws of nature, takes us on a ride into the world of the future, which holds remarkable suprises for us all. 'Do you dream of intergalaxy space travel, time warps, and mini-mes?' – T Hooft asks. 'Then please, get yourself some more science fiction books, for fiction it is. But for those who are interested in the real world, let me tell you what we CAN expect for the future.' We meet robots with a sense of irony, ride elevators into space, and build floating cities; let us just say that "Playing with Planets", which is translated from the original Dutch edition by Professor T Hooft's daughter Saskia, supports the old adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
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2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics
English | Astrophysics | 30. December 2006 | ISBN-10: 9812568875 | 110 pages | pdf | 6 mb
This volume considers recent theoretical and observational developments in astronomy and astrophysics with contributions on solar system bodies, extrasolar planets, star formation, galaxy evolution and cosmology.

2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics
A special section is dedicated to the history of astronomy including papers on the history of the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon, time service and legal time, the 1870 solar eclipse expedition, and a comparison between Monteiro da Rocha and Wilhelm Olbers methods for the determination of the orbits of comets.
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2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics
English | Astrophysics | 30. December 2006 | ISBN-10: 9812568875 | 110 pages | pdf | 6 mb
This volume considers recent theoretical and observational developments in astronomy and astrophysics with contributions on solar system bodies, extrasolar planets, star formation, galaxy evolution and cosmology.

2005: Past Meets Present in Astronomy and Astrophysics
A special section is dedicated to the history of astronomy including papers on the history of the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon, time service and legal time, the 1870 solar eclipse expedition, and a comparison between Monteiro da Rocha and Wilhelm Olbers methods for the determination of the orbits of comets.
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Philip’s Atlas of the Universe

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Philip's Atlas of the Universe
English | Physics, Astronomy | 14. December 2007 | ISBN-10: 0540091189 | 316 pages | Djvu | 8 mb
This edition contains many new features, from explanations of dark matter and neutrinos to techniques of digital observing and photography.

Philip’s Atlas of the Universe
As well as giving an informative portrait of each element of the cosmos, the book provides superb star maps and sound advice on practical observing, making it an ideal choice for newcomers to astronomy.Sir Patrick's narrative is supremely clear, absorbing and entertaining, as he recounts the history of space exploration, describes the Solar System, stars and galaxies, and explains the latest theories on the origins of the Universe. The book is illustrated with hundreds of maps and diagrams, plus Sir Patrick's own selection of the best photographs from ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, along with spectacular images from nearly four decades of robotic exploration of the planets.Highlights of this new edition include an explanation of the extraordinary concepts that have shaken our picture of the Universe – dark matter and dark energy, as well as new strands of science that have emerged in recent years such as astrobiology and neutrino astronomy.An expanded practical section reflects the new era in amateur astronomy – affordable high-quality cameras and telescopes, computer control and image-processing have made astronomy accessible to millions of new enthusiasts.
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Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition

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Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition By Guy Consolmagno, Dan M. Davis
2011 | 256 Pages | ISBN: 0521153972 | PDF | 82 MB

Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition
With over 100,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner's book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own. Many additional resources are available on the accompanying website, www.cambridge.org/turnleft.
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Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition

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Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition By Guy Consolmagno, Dan M. Davis
2011 | 256 Pages | ISBN: 0521153972 | PDF | 82 MB

Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them, 4th edition
With over 100,000 copies sold since first publication, this is one of the most popular astronomy books of all time. It is a unique guidebook to the night sky, providing all the information you need to observe a whole host of celestial objects. With a new spiral binding, this edition is even easier to use outdoors at the telescope and is the ideal beginner's book. Keeping its distinct one-object-per-spread format, this edition is also designed for Dobsonian telescopes, as well as for smaller reflectors and refractors, and covers Southern hemisphere objects in more detail. Large-format eyepiece views, positioned side-by-side, show objects exactly as they are seen through a telescope, and with improved directions, updated tables of astronomical information and an expanded night-by-night Moon section, it has never been easier to explore the night sky on your own. Many additional resources are available on the accompanying website, www.cambridge.org/turnleft.
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Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays

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Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
English | Astrophysics| 14. December 2001 | ISBN-10: 3540428992 | 328 pages | Djvu | 2.2 mb
The International School on Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR2000) was held at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon on June 26-29, 2000.

Physics and Astrophysics of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
This was the first international school speci?cally dedicated to ultra high energy cosmic rays. Its aim was to familiarize with and attract students, physicists and astronomers into this quickly developing newresearch ?eld. The mysterious and currently unknown origin of the most energetic par- cles observed in Nature has triggered in recent years theoretical speculations ranging from electromagnetic acceleration to as yet undiscovered physics – yond the Standard Model. It has also lead to the development of several new detection concepts and experimental projects, some of which are currently – der construction. By its nature, the ?eld of ultra high energy cosmic rays is therefore highly interdisciplinary and borrows from astrophysics and cosmology, via particle physics, to experimental physics and observational astronomy. One main aspect of the school was to emphasize and take advantage of this interd- ciplinarity. The lectures were grouped into subtopics and are reproduced in this volume in the following order: After a general introductory lecture on cosmic rays follow two contributions on experimental detection techniques, followed by three lectures on acceleration in astrophysical objects. The next four contri- tions cover all major aspects of propagation and interactions of ultra high energy radiation, including speculative issues such as newinteractions.
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