On two days in 1761 and 1769 hundreds of astronomers pointed their telescopes towards the skies to observe a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. United by this momentous occasion, scientists from around the globe came together to answer the essential question: how can the universe be measured? In Chasing Venus Andrea Wulf paints a vivid portrait of the rivalries, triumphs and misfortunes that befell these men, along with their passion and determination to succeed. This extraordinary book tells their story and how one single event prompted the first international scientific collaboration.
"The book is a personal account of the author's year spent 'chasing Arizona' by going to as many places as possible in fifty-two weeks to learn about Arizona's history, symbols, food, people, and quirky customs. It is part travelogue, part history book, part essay collection and covers the whole state from border towns to the Four Corners"--Provided by publisher.
A “thrilling adventure story" (San Francisco Chronicle) that brings to life the personalities of the astronomers who in the 1700s embarked upon a quest to calculate the size of the solar system, and paints a vivid portrait of the collaborations, rivalries, and volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the Earth and the Sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system—but only if they could compile data from many different points of the globe, all recorded during the short period of the transit. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in the remotest corners of the world, only to be thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs; eight years later, they would have another opportunity to succeed. Thanks to these scientists, neither our conception of the universe nor the nature of scientific research would ever be the same.
Celestial Delights is essentially a 'TV Guide' for teh sky. This will be its third edition. This title, which has aggregated sales of about 20,000 copies to date in its two previous editions and has found a niche with skygazers, is much awaited. Through extensive graphics integrated with an eight-year-long calendar of sky events, it provides a look at "don't miss" sky events, mostly for naked-eye and binocular observing. The book is organized by ease of observation - lunar phases and the brighter planets come first, while solar eclipses, the aurora, and comets come later. Celestial Delights also includes a hefty dose of sky lore, astronomical history, and clear overviews of current science. It provides a handy reference to upcoming naked-eye events, with information broken out in clear and simple diagrams and tables that are cross-referenced against a detailed almanac for each year covered. Most broad-ranging astronomy field guides focus on stars, constellations, and the deep sky, but tend to ignore planetary events, which are in by far the most widely observable aspects of the changing night sky. Celestial Delights puts a variety of information all in one place, presents it in a friendly way that does not require prior in-depth astronomical knowledge, but provides the context and historical background for understanding events that astronomical computer programs or web sites lack.
Who knew My Old Kentucky Home could be so weird? As all Kentuckians know, there's more to this state than derbies, bourbon, and a certain fried poultry. We're nearly busting at the seams with local legends and unusual sights. Take a look around, and you'll see all sorts of oddities, some supernatural, some just super weird, that make us proud to call Kentucky home. Follow our author, Jeffrey Scott Holland, as he tours you around every corner of the state to get you to your ultimate destination, the weird state of mind. The Bluegrass State is indeed a haunted place––a mysterious landscape permeated with strange creatures, ancient and unexplained anomalies, offbeat characters, and some really bizarre roadside oddities. Visit the Lock & Key Coffeehouse, once a funeral parlor, bank, furniture store, and food stamp office. Head to Herrington Lake and be on the lookout for Herry, Kentucky's most famous—and elusive—aquatic monster; drop in to Middlesboro, the only town in the U.S. built inside a meteor crater. We've got Goat Men and Lizard Men and albino ape creatures, not to mention the legendary Wampus Cat. Find out what the number thirteen and our state song have in common—it's pretty creepy. The Creation Museum is here and so are the Gates of Hell. There's even a museum for dummies and the world's largest baseball bat. Experience Gravity Hill and learn just why on earth there is a cemetery right in the middle of the zoo! Yes, the Bluegrass State is a whole lot weirder than you ever imagined, and it's all here in these pages. So come along with Jeffrey and join the campaign to keep Kentucky weird! A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Kentucky is packed with all that great stuff your history teacher wouldn't teach you. It's a journey you'll never forget.
A former field investigator for the Condon Project, the University of Colorado's scientific study of UFOs, relates details of individual cases of reported UFO sightings and offers a historical overview of the UFO phenomenon
Conspiracy theories run rampant in the world of the UFO and search for alien life. Some are government sanctioned, some are government sponsored, and more than a few can be laid at the feet of UFO witnesses and UFO investigators. Alien Mysteries, Conspiracies and Cover-Ups untangles the truth from the theories! Thoroughly investigated by a former Army officer and taken from his review of hundreds of historical and government documents and inperson interviews, this book chronicles more than 100 sightings, events, and discoveries of alien encounters, government conspiracy, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. From prehistoric UFO sightings, cave paintings, and ancient astronauts to modern sightings around the world, Alien Mysteries investigates claims of aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, along with evidence of what the government knows and what it has covered up. This discussion of the government secrets, theories, and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thoughtprovoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthlings. A complete dossier on alien activities and government cover-ups, this revealing book includes a look at prehistoric UFO sighting, Indian cave paintings, the Peruvian dinosaurs (the Ica stones), the Majestic-Twelve, the Allende letters, the faked photographs that have been published as the real thing, the Condon Committee, the Roswell bodies, the alien autopsy, project moon dust, the Phoenix lights, ancient astronauts, the recent UFO crash in Needles, California, and much more!
A major retelling of the history of science from 1450 to the present day that explodes the myth that science began in Europe - instead celebrating how scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific were integral to this very human story We are told that modern science was invented in Europe, the product of great minds like Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. But this is wrong. Science is not, and has never been, a uniquely European endeavour. Copernicus relied on mathematical techniques borrowed from Arabic and Persian texts. When Newton set out the laws of motion, he relied on astronomical observations made in Asia and Africa. When Darwin was writing On the Origin of Species, he consulted a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopaedia. And when Einstein was studying quantum mechanics, he was inspired by the Bengali physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose. Horizons pushes beyond Europe, exploring the ways in which scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific fit into the history of science, and arguing that it is best understood as a story of global cultural exchange. Challenging both the existing narrative and our perceptions of revered individuals, above all this is a celebration of the work of scientists neglected by history. Among many others, we meet Graman Kwasi, the seventeenth-century African botanist who discovered a new cure for malaria, Hantaro Nagaoka, the nineteenth-century Japanese scientist who first described the structure of the atom, and Zhao Zhongyao, the twentieth-century Chinese physicist who discovered antimatter (but whose American colleague received the Nobel prize). Scientists today are quick to recognise the international nature of their work. In this ambitious and revisionist history, James Poskett reveals that this tradition goes back much further than we think. _______________ 'This treasure trove of a book puts the case persuasively and compellingly that modern science did not develop solely in Europe. Hugely important' Jim Al-Khalili 'Brilliant. Revolutionary and revelatory' Alice Roberts 'Remarkable. Challenges almost everything we know about science in the West' Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in 12 Maps 'Perspective-shattering' Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, 'Editor's Choice'
The Flying Saucers Are Real by Donald Keyhoe, printed in 1950, is one of the first books investigating numerous encounters between the United States Air Force fighters, personnel, and other aircraft and UFOs between 1947 and 1950. The author contended that the Air Force was investigating these cases of close encounters, with a policy of concealing. Keyhoe also said that Earth had been visited by extraterrestrials for two centuries, with the frequency of these visits increasing sharply after the first atomic weapon test in 1945.
This volume takes a decentered look at early modern empires and rejects the center/periphery divide. With an unconventional geographical set of cases, including the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg, Iberian, French and British empires, as well as China, contributors seize the spatial dynamics of the scientific enterprise.