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  • Civilized Life in the Universeby George Basalla

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21

    From Plutarch and Kepler to Stephen Hawkings and Carl Sagan, this book offers a fascinating history of scientific speculation about life in outer space. Basalla traces an unbroken but twisting chain of ideas passed from one scientist to the next, and from science to popular culture. He even examines the influence of popular culture on science--Sagan... more...

  • Interplanetary Magnetohydrodynamicsby L. F. Burlaga

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 279.99 US$ 240.79

    Spacecraft such as the Pioneer, Vela, and Voyager have explored the interplanetary medium between the orbits of Mercury and Pluto. The insights derived from these missions have been successfully applied to magnetospheric, astro-solar, and cosmic ray physics. This book is an overview of these insights, using magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows as the... more...

  • The Physics of Interstellar Dustby Endrik Krugel

    CRC Press 2002; US$ 253.00

    Interstellar dust grains catalyse chemical reactions, absorb, scatter, polarise and re-radiate starlight and constitute the building blocks for the formation of planets. Understanding this interstellar component is therefore of primary importance in many areas of astronomy & astrophysics. For example, observers need to understand how dust effects light... more...

  • The Planetary Scientist's Companionby Katharina Lodders; Bruce Jr. Fegley

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 49.99 US$ 42.99

    Scientists have collected a wealth of physical and chemical data for the Sun, planets, and small bodies in our solar system, but until now this information has been scattered throughout the technical literature. The Planetary Scientist's Companion solves this problem, providing for the first time a single, extensive reference for the interdisciplinary... more...

  • The Dark Universeby Mario Livio

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 58.00 US$ 47.56

    This book presents a collection of review articles on all aspects of dark matter and theories of gravity. more...

  • Molecular Collisions in the Interstellar Mediumby David Flower

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 58.00 US$ 47.56

    A comprehensive second edition for researchers in the interstellar medium and physical chemists in collision theory. more...

  • Deep Impact Mission: Looking Beneath the Surface of a Cometary Nucleusby C.T. Russell

    Springer Netherlands 2006; US$ 206.85

    Deep Impact, or at least part of the flight system, is designed to crash into comet 9P/Tempel 1. This bold mission design enables cometary researchers to peer into the cometary nucleus, analyzing the excavated material with its imagers and spectrometers. The book describes the mission, its objectives, expected results, payload, and data products in... more...

  • Diffuse Matter from Star Forming Regions to Active Galaxiesby T.W. Hartquist; J. M. Pittard; S.A.E.G. Falle

    Springer Netherlands 2007; US$ 206.85

    John Dyson has contributed to the study of the hydrodynamic processes that govern a wide variety of astrophysical sources which he has helped explain. In this volume dedicated to him, introductory reviews to a number of the key processes and to the sources themselves are given by leading experts. The mechanisms in which the multi-component natures... more...

  • Stardust From Meteoritesby Maria Lugaro

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2005; US$ 66.00

    The study of presolar meteoritic grains is a new inter-disciplinary field that brings together topics from nuclear physics to astronomy and chemistry. Traditionally, most of the information about the cosmos has been gathered by observing light through telescopes. However, with the recent discovery that some dust grains extracted from primitive meteorites... more...

  • Care of Astronomical Telescopes and Accessoriesby M. Barlow Pepin

    Springer London 2006; US$ 72.93

    Commercially-made astronomical telescopes are better and less expensive than ever before, and their optical and mechanical performance can be superb. When a good-quality telescope fails to perform as well as it might, the reason is quite probably that it needs a little care and attention! Here is a complete guide for anyone who wants to understand... more...