Scientific Method in Ptolemy's Harmonics

By Andrew Barker

This e-book examines, for the 1st time, the medical tactics devised by way of Ptolemy (second century advert) for investigating the constructions underlying musical melody, a undertaking that he conceived as heavily relating to astronomy. Ptolemy's account of his equipment is strangely particular, and he pursues them faithfully. via supplying an research of Ptolemy's refined theoretical gear, his recommendations for integrating idea with statement, and his meticulous directions for the layout and behavior of experimental checks, the ebook deals historians of technology a brand new starting-point for wider reports of old medical process.

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Kepler's Philosophy and the New Astronomy

By Rhonda Martens

Johannes Kepler contributed importantly to each box he addressed. He replaced the face of astronomy through leaving behind rules that have been in position for 2 millennia, made vital discoveries in optics and arithmetic, and was once an uncommonly sturdy thinker. ordinarily, despite the fact that, Kepler's philosophical rules were pushed aside as beside the point or even harmful to his legacy of medical accomplishment. the following, Rhonda Martens bargains the 1st prolonged learn of Kepler's philosophical perspectives and indicates how these perspectives helped him build and justify the recent astronomy.

Martens notes that considering the fact that Kepler turned a Copernican prior to any empirical proof supported Copernicus over the entrenched Ptolemaic procedure, his preliminary purposes for who prefer Copernicanism weren't telescope observations yet particularly methodological and metaphysical commitments. extra, she exhibits that Kepler's metaphysics supported the strikingly smooth view of astronomical approach that led him to find the 3 legislation of planetary movement and to wed physics and astronomy--a key improvement within the clinical revolution.

By tracing the evolution of Kepler's idea in his astronomical, metaphysical, and epistemological works, Martens explores the complicated interaction among alterations in his philosophical perspectives and the prestige of his astronomical discoveries. She exhibits how Kepler's philosophy cleared the path for the invention of elliptical orbits and supplied a safeguard of actual astronomy's methodological soundness. In doing so, Martens demonstrates how an empirical self-discipline was once encouraged and profoundly formed by way of philosophical assumptions.

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SpaceX's Dragon: America's Next Generation Spacecraft (Springer Praxis Books)

Dragon V2 is a futuristic automobile that not just presents a way for NASA to move its astronauts to the orbiting outpost but in addition advances SpaceX’s middle aim of reusability. a right away descendant of Dragon, Dragon V2 could be retrieved, refurbished and re-launched. it's a spacecraft with the capability to totally revolutionize the economics of an the place apparatus costing 1000's of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks is in many instances discarded after a unmarried use. It was once awarded by means of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in may possibly 2014 because the spaceship that would hold NASA astronauts to the overseas area Station once 2016.

SpaceX’s Dragon – America’s subsequent iteration Spacecraft describes the extreme feats of engineering and human fulfillment that experience positioned this progressive spacecraft on the vanguard of the release and located it because the precursor for finally transporting people to Mars. It describes the layout and improvement of Dragon, offers project highlights of the 1st six advertisement Resupply Missions, and explains how Musk hopes to finally colonize Mars.

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Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

Galileo, Newton, Herschel, Huggins, Hale, Eddington, Shapley and Hubble: those astronomers utilized rules drawn from physics to astronomy and made dramatic alterations to the world-pictures that they inherited. They confirmed that celestial gadgets are composed of an identical fabrics because the earth and they behave within the similar method. They displaced successively the earth, the sunlight and at last the milky method galaxy from being the centre of the universe.

This publication comprises their biographies and descriptions their maximum discoveries. exertions, actual perception, hope for status and a powerful trust within the rightness in their personal principles have been features of all 8. Their frequently quirky personalities led them into sour controversies with their contemporaries. yet their successes arose from the exceptional readability in their strategies, their useful skill and their robust experience of course in science.

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The Solar System, Volumes 1-3

By David G. Fisher, Richard R. Erickson

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Some of the fabric during this encyclopedia was once formerly released within the sunlight approach (1998). There are fifty eight new issues overlaying each planet within the sun process, comets and asteroids, and interplanetary phenomena in addition to 25 subject matters linked to the earth sciences. The a hundred and eighty entries are prepared alphabetically. Examples comprise titanic Bang, Dwarf planets, Earth’s foundation, Extraterrestrial lifestyles within the sunlight process, influence cratering, Mars’s water, Pluto and Charon, and sun radio emissions. Essays are among 3 and 7 pages in size and provide a quick precis of the importance of the subject, an summary of the most proof, context because it pertains to a broader viewpoint, and annotated further-reading feedback. All 3 volumes include various black-and-white photos, sidebars, and diagrams. devices of degree and alphabetical and classification lists of contents are present in each one quantity, and quantity three includes a thesaurus, a basic bibliography, an inventory of sites, and a subject matter index. tremendous good written, this encyclopedia is usually recommended for high-school, public, and educational libraries. --Robyn Rosenberg

Grade 6–10—Extensively revised and with approximately fifty percentage extra entries (Salem, 1998), those one hundred eighty articles provide entire perspectives of the sun system's our bodies, dynamics, and phenomena, in addition to a radical account of the way they're studied through astronomical remark and house exploration. every one access opens with a short precis of the subject and closes with an annotated studying checklist and an array of cross-references. such a lot items additionally characteristic a number of charts, tables, and sharp black-and-white photographs or artists' renditions. matters variety from discussions of "Nemesis and Planet X" (theorized our bodies whose lengthy orbits tie into Earth's periodic mass extinctions) to "Earth's Crust" and, extra afield, "Pulsars" and "Extrasolar Planets." Articles are regularly 3 pages in size yet should be so long as 9. The cross-references, long topic index, non-stop pagination during the volumes, and a thematic desk of contents, as well as one via quantity, make entry rather effortless. even though colour illustrations supply Lucy-Ann McFadden's Encyclopedia of the sun approach (Elsevier, 2006) a visible increase, severe scholars of our planetary local will delight in the extra present content material of this alternative.—John Peters, long island Public Library finish

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The Right Stuff

By Tom Wolfe

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a powerful event tale, and an research into the genuine heroism and braveness of the 1st americans to overcome house. "Tom Wolfe at his best possible" (The manhattan occasions booklet Review)

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The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space

By Gerard K. O'Neill

Whilst Princeton physicist Gerard ok. O'Neill released the 1st version of excessive Frontier again within the mid Seventies (just 4 years after "Rocket Man," to be exact), he simply assumed that a few of us will be residing in orbit by means of now. Or because the area experiences Institute's George Friedman places it in a brand new essay for this 3rd variation of O'Neill's pioneering paintings, the L5 society's slogan "L5 in '95!" definitely wasn't touching on 2095.

In excessive Frontier, O'Neill had mapped out an easy, glaringly attainable route to placing people into house completely and sustainably, utilizing Seventies materiel and current-day Zubrin-style information. yet O'Neill died in 1992 seeing humanity no toward pleasurable his daring imaginative and prescient. Freeman Dyson issues out in a brand new advent to this variation that during some ways we've really backslided, that the foreign area Station (and the present function of NASA) is "not a breakthrough at the street to the excessive Frontier. It's a huge step backward, a setback that might take a long time to overcome."

yet O'Neill's notion of pursuing an inexhaustible strength provide (solar strength in house) and never-ending room to extend is still tantalizingly beautiful. The technological know-how has simply gotten more uncomplicated, and the ethical significant has basically turn into extra suggested, with the planet's assets ever progressively squeezed and the hot wisdom mass-extinction occasion on the earth is sort of inevitable. (O'Neill calls the excessive Frontier the one probability to make human life--perhaps all lifestyles within the universe-- unkillable) The excessive Frontier is as interesting a learn because it ever used to be, and 6 new chapters supply context for the advances made within the 25 years given that O'Neill's unique manifesto.

* Bare bones epub scanned and OCRed

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Detection of Light: From the Ultraviolet to the Submillimeter

Detection of sunshine offers a complete review of the $64000 techniques to photon detection from the ultraviolet to the submillimeter spectral areas. This elevated and completely up-to-date moment variation discusses lately brought kinds of detector: superconducting tunnel junctions, scorching electron bolometer mixers, and entirely depleted CCDs. it is also traditionally vital units corresponding to photographic plates. fabric from many disciplines is mixed right into a accomplished and unified therapy of the detection of sunshine, with emphasis at the underlying actual rules.

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Multiscale Coupling of Sun-Earth Processes

Many techniques exist for clinical investigations and area examine is not any exception. The early strategy within which every one area plasma sector in the Sun-Earth process used to be investigated individually with physics-based instruments has now stepped forward to surround investigations on coupling among those areas. plentiful proof now exists indicating the dynamic strategies in those areas convey disturbances over a variety of scales either in time and house. This new reckoning evidently ends up in an rising point of view of probing those typical phenomena with innovations and instruments built in glossy statistical mechanics for actual tactics governing the evolution of out-of-equilibrium and intricate systems.

These new advancements have caused a topical convention on Sun-Earth connection, hung on February 9-13, 2004 at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, united states, with the aim of marketing interactions between scientists working towards the conventional physics-based technique and people using smooth statistical techniques.

This monograph is a made from this convention, a compilation of thirty-nine articles assembled into seven chapters: (1) multiscale gains in complexity dynamics, (2) house storms, (3) magnetospheric substorms, (4) turbulence and magnetic reconnection, (5) modeling and coupling of area phenomena, (6) thoughts for multiscale house plasma difficulties, and (7) current and destiny multiscale house missions. those articles convey a range of house phenomena showing scale unfastened features, intermittency, and non-Gaussian distributions of likelihood density functionality of fluctuations within the actual parameters of the Sun-Earth process. The scope covers the most recent observations, theories, simulations, and strategies at the multiscale nature of Sun-Earth phenomena and underscores the usefulness in cross-disciplinary trade had to get to the bottom of the underlying actual techniques, which can finally result in a potential unified description and prediction for area disturbances.

* vast number of cutting-edge papers on multiscale coupling of Sun-Earth Processes
* current and destiny multiscale area missions
* New strategies and versions for appearing multiscale analysis

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Crossed Paths - A Tale of the Scattered Earth (Tales of the Scattered Earth Book 3)

By Aaron Rosenberg

THE stories OF THE SCATTERED EARTH:

Once, in the past, there has been one Earth. It was once stated that many deities gazed down upon it protectively, and there has been stability among all of them. Then whatever went mistaken. The stability shifted—toward darkness. Earth used to be shattered, her humans destroyed, her continues to be scattered everywhere. however the gods survived the cataclysm. They scattered besides, every one pursuing a fraction in their former area. And, once they overtook these shards, the gods drew upon what strength remained to them to revive their worshippers to life.

These new fans rose from dirt and imperfect reminiscence, for the gods too were injured. each one claimed a brand new domestic, and a brand new existence, and every suggestion itself—at least at first—to be the single Earth. All reminiscence in their former international used to be misplaced, other than imprecise stories of the gods who gave them new existence. Then, someday, a unmarried nice occasion drew all their eyes to the stars—and past. and every of them felt a craving. anything in them wanted to be complete back, or not less than to understand.

These are their stories.

These are The stories of the Scattered Earth.

CROSSED PATHS:

Despite its guise as an area pirate the Dread Remora continues to be a boat of Her Majesty’s Royal military, so whilst Captain Nate Demming and his team find a brutally savaged send they're appalled. while a moment send looks and assaults, Demming assumes those has to be the predators, and retaliates. The occasions that spread result in new discoveries for the Dread Remora, together with a few power allies—and a ferocious new enemy.

The novella Crossed Paths is the second one story of the Dread Remora, following the full-length novel The start of the Dread Remora. The Dread Remora sequence is a part of the epic Scattered Earth Saga—There is a brand new Full-length Dread Remora novel to be had now! HONOR OF THE DREAD REMORA, and the second one booklet within the stories of the Scattered Earth, the second one VEIL - by way of David Niall Wilson, Which introduces one other Earth, and the group of the Airship TANGENT can be to be had. writer Keith R. A. DeCandido brings us the Olodumare Hegomony in his novel GUILT IN INNOCENCE. look forward to extra from those autohrs, in addition to a new international and novel from award-winning writer Melissa Scott in the summertime of 2014.

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