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The Comets and Their Origin
By Raymond Lyttleton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2013-06-20

This 1953 book sets out some observational facts about comets and then accounts for their origin and explains how comet tails are formed.
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The Cambridge Double Star Atlas
By Bruce MacEvoy, Wil Tirion

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2016-05-01

This magnificent atlas contains the most attractive and interesting double and multiple stars for viewing with binoculars and telescopes. It is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects. The first modern star atlas devoted to double and multiple stars, it plots over 2,000 selected pairs of stars, each labeled with discoverer, catalog, and/or observatory designations. A superb introduction to this important class of celestial objects, it is spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors, making it ideal for use in the field. Written by experienced observer James Mullaney, and beautifully illustrated by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, it provides an easy-to-use 'celestial roadmap' to locate and identify double and multiple stars. Other deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies are also included, and are color-coded for easy recognition and identification, making this an all-purpose observing reference.
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Stargazing Basics
By Paul E. Kinzer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-07-09

A simple guide to get you started in astronomy, from observing the night sky to purchasing binoculars and telescopes.
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The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions
By David J. Eicher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2016-01-31

Over the past decade, astronomers, planetary scientists, and cosmologists have answered - or are closing in on the answers to - some of the biggest questions about the universe. David J. Eicher presents a spectacular exploration of the cosmos that provides a balanced and precise view of the latest discoveries. Detailed and entertaining narratives on compelling topics such as how the Sun will die, the end of life on Earth, why Venus turned itself inside-out, the Big Bang Theory, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, and the meaning of life in the universe are supported by numerous color illustrations including photos, maps and explanatory diagrams. In each chapter the author sets out the scientific history of a specific question or problem, before tracing the modern observations and evidence in order to solve it. Join David J. Eicher on this fascinating journey through the cosmos!
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Inflation and String Theory
By Daniel Baumann, Liam McAllister

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-04-23

This accessible volume provides a modern treatment of the cosmological and string-theoretic background necessary to understand inflation in string theory.
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Cosmic Rays and Particle Physics
By Thomas K. Gaisser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2004-02

Concentrating on the highest energy cosmic rays, this book describes where they may originate, acquire energy, and interact.
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The Geometry of Celestial Mechanics
By Hansjörg Geiges

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2016-03-24

A first course in celestial mechanics emphasising the variety of geometric ideas that have shaped the subject.
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Heliophysics: Active Stars, their Astrospheres, and Impacts on Planetary Environments
By Carolus J. Schrijver, Frances Bagenal, Jan J. Sojka

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2016-03-17

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book explores what makes the conditions on Earth 'just right' to sustain life.
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The International Atlas of Mars Exploration, v.2
By Philip J. Stooke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2016-05-06

This atlas is a visual reference on the exploration of Mars. It tells the story of every Mars mission, from the dawn of the Space Age to Mars Express. Each story is illustrated with a combination of maps and annotated photographs and there is information in a separate section on the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. It also includes missions that were planned but never flown and looks ahead to future missions as the worlds space agencies prepare for a new phase of Mars exploration.
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Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time
By Michael K. Shepard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-04-16

Where do asteroids come from and what are they made of? What clues do they hold about the evolution of the Solar System? Scientists have catalogued hundreds of thousands of asteroids, and many are thought to contain water and amino acids, the building blocks of life. Michael Shepard tells the fascinating story of their discovery, and what they can tell us about the history of our own planet. He describes how we find and study asteroids, what they look like through the eyes of powerful telescopes and spacecraft, and plans for future sample return missions. This timely book interweaves accessible scientific explanations with historical background and personal narrative, providing an engaging read for anyone curious about asteroids and what they may mean for our future - both as threats and opportunities.
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Protostars and Planets VI
By Henrik Beuther, Ralf S. Klessen, Cornelis Petrus Dullemond, Thomas K. Henning

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Date of Publication: 2014-12-18

The revolutionary discovery of thousands of confirmed and candidate planets beyond the solar system brings forth the most fundamental question: How do planets and their host stars form and evolve? Protostars and Planets VI brings together more than 250 contributing authors at the forefront of their field, conveying the latest results in this research area and establishing a new foundation for advancing our understanding of stellar and planetary formation. Continuing the tradition of the Protostars and Planets series, this latest volume uniquely integrates the cross-disciplinary aspects of this broad field. Covering an extremely wide range of scales, from the formation of large clouds in our Milky Way galaxy down to small chondrules in our solar system, Protostars and Planets VI takes an encompassing view with the goal of not only highlighting what we know but, most importantly, emphasizing the frontiers of what we do not know. As a vehicle for propelling forward new discoveries on stars, planets, and their origins, this latest volume in the Space Science Series is an indispensable resource for both current scientists and new students in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, and the study of meteorites.
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The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life through the Ages
By Douglas A. Vakoch, Matthew F. Dowd

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-07-02

Leading scientists and historians explore the equation that guides modern astrobiology's search for life beyond Earth.
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Displaying Time Series, Spatial, and Space-Time Data with R
By Oscar Perpinan Lamigueiro

Publisher: CRC Press
Date of Publication: 2014-04-04

Code and Methods for Creating High-Quality Data Graphics A data graphic is not only a static image, but it also tells a story about the data. It activates cognitive processes that are able to detect patterns and discover information not readily available with the raw data. This is particularly true for time series, spatial, and space-time datasets. Focusing on the exploration of data with visual methods, Displaying Time Series, Spatial, and Space-Time Data with R presents methods and R code for producing high-quality graphics of time series, spatial, and space-time data. Practical examples using real-world datasets help you understand how to apply the methods and code. The book illustrates how to display a dataset starting with an easy and direct approach and progressively adding improvements that involve more complexity. Each of the book’s three parts is devoted to different types of data. In each part, the chapters are grouped according to the various visualization methods or data characteristics. Web Resource Along with the main graphics from the text, the author’s website offers access to the datasets used in the examples as well as the full R code. This combination of freely available code and data enables you to practice with the methods and modify the code to suit your own needs.
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Advanced R
By Hadley Wickham

Publisher: CRC Press
Date of Publication: 2014-09-25

An Essential Reference for Intermediate and Advanced R Programmers Advanced R presents useful tools and techniques for attacking many types of R programming problems, helping you avoid mistakes and dead ends. With more than ten years of experience programming in R, the author illustrates the elegance, beauty, and flexibility at the heart of R. The book develops the necessary skills to produce quality code that can be used in a variety of circumstances. You will learn: The fundamentals of R, including standard data types and functions Functional programming as a useful framework for solving wide classes of problems The positives and negatives of metaprogramming How to write fast, memory-efficient code This book not only helps current R users become R programmers but also shows existing programmers what’s special about R. Intermediate R programmers can dive deeper into R and learn new strategies for solving diverse problems while programmers from other languages can learn the details of R and understand why R works the way it does.
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Effective Computation in Physics
By Anthony Scopatz, Kathryn D. Huff

Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Date of Publication: 2015-05-29

Effective Computation in Physics is a handy guide to the types of problems you run into with computational physics—such as version control, bash scripts, object orientation, large databases, and parallel machines. The authors provide detailed scientific computing motivations, clear and concise tutorials, and references to further information about each of the topics presented. This book fills the existing training gap for students and scientists who conduct physics in a world where simulations have replaced desktop experiments and sophisticated data traversing algorithms have replaced pen and paper analysis. Provides a central source that ties various pieces of computational physics together Contains coverage of the Python programming language aimed toward physicists Helps you properly analyze and compellingly visualize your data Includes chapters on hot topics like NumPy and HDF5
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The Complex Itinerary of Leibniz’s Planetary Theory: Physical Convictions, Metaphysical Principles and Keplerian Inspiration
By Paolo Bussotti

Publisher: Birkhäuser
Date of Publication: 2015-11-06

This book presents new insights into Leibniz’s research on planetary theory and his system of pre-established harmony. Although some aspects of this theory have been explored in the literature, others are less well known. In particular, the book offers new contributions on the connection between the planetary theory and the theory of gravitation. It also provides an in-depth discussion of Kepler’s influence on Leibniz’s planetary theory and more generally, on Leibniz’s concept of pre-established harmony. Three initial chapters presenting the mathematical and physical details of Leibniz’s works provide a frame of reference. The book then goes on to discuss research on Leibniz’s conception of gravity and the connection between Leibniz and Kepler.
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Meteor Showers and Their Parent Comets
By Petrus Matheus, Marie Jenniskens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2006-09-14

Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets is a unique handbook for astronomers interested in observing meteor storms and outbursts. Spectacular displays of 'shooting stars' are created when the Earth's orbit crosses a meteoroid stream, as each meteoroid causes a bright light when it enters our atmosphere at high speed. Jenniskens, an active meteor storm chaser, explains how meteoroid streams originate from the decay of meteoroids, comets and asteroids, and how they cause meteor showers on Earth. He includes the findings of recent space missions to comets and asteroids, the risk of meteor impacts on Earth, and how meteor showers may have seeded the Earth with ingredients that made life possible. All known meteor showers are identified, accompanied by fascinating details on the most important showers and their parent comets. The book predicts when exceptional meteor showers will occur over the next fifty years, making it a valuable resource for both amateur and professional astronomers.
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Precession, Nutation and Wobble of the Earth
By V. Dehant, P. M. Mathews

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-04-16

Describes how changes in Earth's orientation are observed and computed in terms of tidal forcing and models of Earth's interior.
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Collisionless Shocks in Space Plasmas
By David Burgess, Manfred Scholer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-07-30

An engaging introduction to collisionless shocks in space plasmas, presenting a complete review, from first principles to current research.
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Practical Optical Interferometry: Imaging at Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
By David F. Buscher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-07-31

Optical interferometry is a powerful technique to make images on angular scales hundreds of times smaller than is possible with the largest telescopes. This concise guide provides an introduction to the technique for graduate students and researchers who want to make interferometric observations and acts as a reference for technologists building new instruments. Starting from the principles of interference, the author covers the core concepts of interferometry, showing how the effects of the Earth's atmosphere can be overcome using closure phase, and the complete process of making an observation, from planning to image reconstruction. This rigorous approach emphasizes the use of rules-of-thumb for important parameters such as the signal-to-noise ratios, requirements for sampling the Fourier plane and predicting image quality. The handbook is supported by web resources, including the Python source code used to make many of the graphs, as well as an interferometry simulation framework, available at www.cambridge.org/9781107042179.
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Extraterrestrial Seismology
By Rafael A. García

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2015-06-25

Taking a transdisciplinary approach to seismology, this unique book reviews the most recent developments in planetary seismology, helioseismology, and asteroseismology.
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A Guide to Monte Carlo Simulations in Statistical Physics
By David P. Landau, Kurt Binder

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2014-11-13

This revised fourth edition provides an introduction to computer simulations in physics, cutting-edge algorithms, essential techniques, and petascale computing.
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Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky
By Ronald Stoyan, Stefan Binnewies, Susanne Friedrich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2008-10-27

• Simply THE most comprehensive guide to the Messier Objects ever published • Combines detailed historical, astrophysical, statistical and observing information for each object with stunning astrophotos and telescope sketches • Reproduces the text of Messier's famous catalog, along with biographies of Messier and his contemporaries • Compares modern views with historical sketches from Lord Rosse, John Herschel and other illustrious figures The 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messier's famous catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilities. This stunning new atlas presents a complete and lively account of all of the Messier objects. Details for each object include a thoroughly researched history of its discovery, historical observations and anecdotes, the latest scientific data detailing its astrophysical findings, and descriptions for observers to view the objects, be it with the naked eye or a large telescope. This atlas has some of the world's finest color astrophotos, labeled photos pointing to hidden details and neighboring objects, as well as historical sketches by well-known figures alongside new deep sky drawings. Quite simply, this is THE most far-reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without!
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Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World
By Christine L. Borgman

Publisher: Mit Press
Date of Publication: 2014-12-23

"Big Data" is on the covers of Science, Nature, the Economist, and Wired magazines, on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. But despite the media hyperbole, as Christine Borgman points out in this examination of data and scholarly research, having the right data is usually better than having more data; little data can be just as valuable as big data. In many cases, there are no data -- because relevant data don't exist, cannot be found, or are not available. Moreover, data sharing is difficult, incentives to do so are minimal, and data practices vary widely across disciplines. Borgman, an often-cited authority on scholarly communication, argues that data have no value or meaning in isolation; they exist within a knowledge infrastructure -- an ecology of people, practices, technologies, institutions, material objects, and relationships. After laying out the premises of her investigation -- six "provocations" meant to inspire discussion about the uses of data in scholarship -- Borgman offers case studies of data practices in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and then considers the implications of her findings for scholarly practice and research policy. To manage and exploit data over the long term, Borgman argues, requires massive investment in knowledge infrastructures; at stake is the future of scholarship.
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Nuclear Physics of Stars
By Christian Iliadis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Date of Publication: 2015-04-01

Most elements are synthesized, or "cooked," by thermonuclear reactions in stars. The newly formed elements are released into the interstellar medium during a star's lifetime, and are subsequently incorporated into a new generation of stars, into the planets that form around the stars, and into the life forms that originate on the planets. Moreover, the energy we depend on for life originates from nuclear reactions that occur at the center of the Sun. Synthesis of the elements and nuclear energy production in stars are the topics of nuclear astrophysics, which is the subject of this book. It presents nuclear structure and reactions, thermonuclear reaction rates, experimental nuclear methods, and nucleosynthesis in detail. These topics are discussed in a coherent way, enabling the reader to grasp their interconnections intuitively. The book serves both as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, with worked examples and end-of-chapter excercises, but also as a reference book for use by researchers working in the field of nuclear astrophysics.
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Magnetotails in the Solar System
By Andreas Keiling

Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Date of Publication: 2015-02-17

All magnetized planets in our solar system (Mercury, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) interact strongly with the solar wind and possess well developed magnetotails. It is not only the strongly magnetized planets that have magnetotails. Mars and Venus have no global intrinsic magnetic field, yet they possess induced magnetotails. Comets have magnetotails that are formed by the draping of the interplanetary magnetic field. In the case of planetary satellites (moons), the magnetotail refers to the wake region behind the satellite in the flow of either the solar wind or the magnetosphere of its parent planet. The largest magnetotail of all in our solar system is the heliotail, the “magnetotail” of the heliosphere. The variety of solar wind conditions, planetary rotation rates, ionospheric conductivity, and physical dimensions provide an outstanding opportunity to extend our understanding of the influence of these factors on magnetotail processes and structures. Volume highlights include: Discussion on why a magnetotail is a fundamental problem of magnetospheric physics Unique collection of tutorials on a large range of magnetotails in our solar system In-depth reviews comparing magnetotail processes at Earth with other magnetotail structures found throughout the heliosphere Collectively, Magnetotails in the Solar System brings together for the first time in one book a collection of tutorials and current developments addressing different types of magnetotails. As a result, this book should appeal to a broad community of space scientists, and it should also be of interest to astronomers who are looking at tail-like structures beyond our solar system.
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Comets And Their Origin: The Tools To Decipher A Comet
By Uwe Meierhenrich

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Date of Publication: 2015-02-09

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 instrumentations, as well as the landing scenario on a cometary nucleus. Along the way, the author presents general questions concerning the origin of terrestrial water and the molecular beginnings of life on Earth, as well as how the instruments used on a space mission like ROSETTA can help answer them. The text concludes with a chapter on what scientists expect from the ROSETTA mission and how its data will influence our life on Earth. As a result, the author elucidates highly topical and fascinating knowledge to scientists and students of various scientific backgrounds, allowing them to work with ROSETTA's data.
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Beyond Basic Statistics: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques Every Data Analyst Should Know
By Kristin H. Jarman

Publisher: Wiley
Date of Publication: 2015-04-13

This book focuses on the more subjective side of statistics - the art of data analysis. Using a handful of fun examples, each chapter asks a single question, illustrating the different ways that questions can be answered with techniques taught in any introductory statistics course. This book introduces topics as a way to answer specific questions, emphasizing statistics' role as a problem solving tool. The author does not provide theorems, propositions, or formulas, but rather treats statistics as a tool - a tool for thinking critically, a tool for wading through large volumes of information, and a tool for answering life's important questions. Each chapter asks one main question and answers it using the art of data analysis. The book aims to be valuable not only to students of undergraduate statistics, but also managers, medical professionals, and anyone who has to make decisions based on raw data or compiled results. Since the examples are fun, engaging, and non-application specific, this book appeals to a broad audience of students and professionals alike.
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Using R and RStudio for Data Management, Statistical Analysis, and Graphics, Second Edition
By Nicholas J. Horton, Ken Kleinman

Publisher: CRC Press
Date of Publication: 2015-03-10

Improve Your Analytical Skills Incorporating the latest R packages as well as new case studies and applications, Using R and RStudio for Data Management, Statistical Analysis, and Graphics, Second Edition covers the aspects of R most often used by statistical analysts. New users of R will find the book’s simple approach easy to understand while more sophisticated users will appreciate the invaluable source of task-oriented information. New to the Second Edition The use of RStudio, which increases the productivity of R users and helps users avoid error-prone cut-and-paste workflows New chapter of case studies illustrating examples of useful data management tasks, reading complex files, making and annotating maps, "scraping" data from the web, mining text files, and generating dynamic graphics New chapter on special topics that describes key features, such as processing by group, and explores important areas of statistics, including Bayesian methods, propensity scores, and bootstrapping New chapter on simulation that includes examples of data generated from complex models and distributions A detailed discussion of the philosophy and use of the knitr and markdown packages for R New packages that extend the functionality of R and facilitate sophisticated analyses Reorganized and enhanced chapters on data input and output, data management, statistical and mathematical functions, programming, high-level graphics plots, and the customization of plots Easily Find Your Desired Task Conveniently organized by short, clear descriptive entries, this edition continues to show users how to easily perform an analytical task in R. Users can quickly find and implement the material they need through the extensive indexing, cross-referencing, and worked examples in the text. Datasets and code are available for download on a supplementary website.
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Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition
By Robert A. Day, Nancy Sakaduski

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Date of Publication: 2011-06-16

English is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages to master. Yet while the English language has a vocabulary of upwards of 500,000 words, it only uses nine parts of speech, and all of these words fall into one (or more) of those nine categories. Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition contains many simple revelations like this that make effective scientific writing in English easy, even for those whose fluency is in another language. The book is organized around a basic guide to English grammar that is specifically tailored to the needs of scientists, science writers, science educators, and science students. The authors explain the goals of scientific writing, the role of style, and the various kinds of writing in the sciences, then provide a basic guide to the fundamentals of English and address problem areas such as redundancies, abbreviations and acronyms, jargon, and foreign terms. Email, online publishing, blogs, and writing for the Web are covered as well. This book is designed to be an enlightening and entertaining read that can then be retained as a practical scientific writing reference guide.
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