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  • A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physicsby Jean-Louis Tassoul; Monique Tassoul

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of ideas about the sun and the stars, from antiquity to modern times. Two theoretical astrophysicists who have been active in the field since the early 1960s tell the story in fluent prose. About half of the book covers most of the theoretical research done from 1940 to the close of the twentieth... more...

  • Comets And Their Originby Uwe Meierhenrich

    Wiley 2014; US$ 112.50

    Divided into two parts, the first four chapters of Comets and their Origin refer to comets and their formation in general, describing cometary missions, comet remote observations, astrochemistry, artificial comets, and the chirality phenomenon. The second part covers the cometary Rosetta mission, its launch, journey, scientific objectives, and... more...

  • Planetary Geodesy and Remote Sensingby Shuanggen Jin

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 149.95

    Although lunar exploration began in the 1960s, the moon and other planets have many long-standing, unanswered questions about planetary environments, origin, formation and evolution, magnetization of crustal rocks, internal structure, and possible life. However, with the recent development of planetary geodesy and remote sensing with higher spatial... more...

  • Dark Energyby Miao Li; Xiao-Dong Li; Shuang Wang; Yi Wang

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2014; US$ 111.00

    This book introduces the current state of research on dark energy. It consists of three parts. The first part is for preliminary knowledge, including general relativity, modern cosmology, etc. The second part reviews major theoretical ideas and models of dark energy. The third part reviews some observational and numerical works. The aim of this book... more...

  • Galaxyby James Geach

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 35.00

    Each night, we are able to gaze up at the night sky and look at the thousands of stars that stretch to the end of our individual horizons. But the stars we see are only those that make up our own Milky Way galaxy?but one of hundreds of billions in the whole of the universe, each separated  by inconceivably huge tracts of empty space. In this book,... more...

  • 35 Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites (1976-2010)by Kevin Righter; Catherine Corrigan; Timothy McCoy; Ralph Harvey

    Wiley 2014; US$ 99.95

    The US Antarctic meteorite collection exists due to a cooperative program involving the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Smithsonian Institution.  Since 1976, meteorites have been collected by a NSF-funded field team, shipped for curation, characterization, distribution, and... more...

  • The Formation of the Solar Systemby Michael Woolfson

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2014; US$ 129.00

    This fully-updated second edition remains the only truly detailed exploration of the origins of our Solar System, written by an authority in the field. Unlike other authors, Michael Woolfson focuses on the formation of the solar system, engaging the reader in an intelligent yet accessible discussion of the development of ideas about how the Solar System... more...

  • What Does a Black Hole Look Like?by Charles D. Bailyn

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    Emitting no radiation or any other kind of information, black holes mark the edge of the universe--both physically and in our scientific understanding. Yet astronomers have found clear evidence for the existence of black holes, employing the same tools and techniques used to explore other celestial objects. In this sophisticated introduction, leading... more...

  • Astronomy: All That Mattersby Percy Seymour; Sam Richardson

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; US$ 15.00

    With a blend of exciting discoveries and important scientific theory,this innovative and readable introduction to astronomy is ideal for anyone who wants to understand what we know about the universe,and how we know it. Each chapter starts with details of a method of jow astronomers over time have observed the world,and then uses this as a springboard... more...

  • Dark Matterby Debasish Majumdar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 89.95

    Dark Matter: An Introduction tackles the rather recent but fast-growing subject of astroparticle physics, encompassing three main areas of fundamental physics: cosmology, particle physics, and astrophysics. Accordingly, the book discusses symmetries, conservation laws, relativity, and cosmological parameters and measurements, as well as the astrophysical... more...