Recent & upcoming books - year 2012
Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:55 AM
Stamping through Astronomy - Renato Dicati
Springer, Hardcover, 300 pages, over 1600 illustrations
Stamps and other postal documents are an attractive vehicle for presenting astronomy and its development as well as the beauty and mystery of celestial objects. Written with expertise and enthusiasm, this unique book offers a historical and philatelic survey of astronomy and related topics on space exploration. It contains almost 1600 color reproductions of stamps relating to the history of astronomy, ranging from the earliest observations of the sky to modern research conducted with satellites and space probes. Featured are the astronomers and astrophysicists who contributed to this marvelous story – not only Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Herschel, and Einstein but also hundreds of minor protagonists who played an important role in the development of this, the most ancient yet the most modern of the sciences. The book also examines in depth the diverse areas which have contributed to the history of astronomy, including the instrumentation, the theories, and the observations.
Classic Telescopes: A Guide to Collecting, Restoring, and Using Telescopes of Yesteryear - Neil English
Springer, Paperback, 239 pages, color & B&W illustrations
Classic telescopes are of interest to amateur astronomers for a variety of reasons. There are the dedicated collectors, but there are also many amateurs who love the nostalgia they inspire. These telescopes "feel" different from any contemporary telescope and perhaps have a unique ability to reconnect the owner to a bygone age of craftmanship. This book takes a look at traditional telescopes built by the great instrument makers of the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly the dynastic telescope makers, including Dollond, Alvan Clark, Thomas Cooke & Sons, and Carl Zeiss. Also included are lesser luminaries such as John Brashear, John Calver, William Wray, Henry Fitz, and William Henry Mogey. 'Classic Telescopes' covers the key features of the telescopes designed by these manufacturers, and shows how a heady combination of market trends, instrument condition, and pedigree will dictate their prices at auction.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:40 AM
Cambridge Univ Press, paperback, 410 pages
An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the Universe. Written specifically for a one-semester course by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. The newly redesigned text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding and what future observations are planned.
Europe to the Stars, Eso first 50 years of exploring the southern sky - Govert Schilling & Lars Lindberg Christensen
ESO hardcover, 264 pages.
Sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book taking the reader behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory of the world. Contains the best 300 hand-picked images from ESO's large collection of more than 100,000 images. Produced especially for ESO's 50th anniversary.
The Jewel on the Mountaintop - ESO through fifty years - Claus Madsen
ESO, hardcover, 560 pages
This book authored by ESO senior advisor Claus Madsen is 560 action-packed pages of ESO history and dramatic stories about the people behind the organisation. The ultimate historical book about ESO, but also about a truly remarkable European success story in research. With 150 photos and illustrations. Produced especially for ESO's 50th anniversary.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:30 AM
This one is interesting to me.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:33 AM
(check the Amazon "Look Inside" feature)
Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:38 AM
Good idea this thread.
Nice books from ESO. Their webshop is out of order (funny messages). Perhaps you know another reseller?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:31 AM
Another great Springer title which might be ready as a present underneath the Christmas tree...Scientific Astrophotography is intended for those amateur astronomers who are looking for new challenges, once they have mastered visual observing and the basic imaging of various astronomical objects. It will also be a useful reference for scientifically inclined observers who want to learn the fundamentals of astrophotography with a firm emphasis on the discipline of scientific imaging. This books is not about making beautiful astronomical images; it is about recording astronomical images that are scientifically rigorous and from which accurate data can be extracted. This book is unique in that it gives readers the skills necessary for obtaining excellent images for scientific purposes in a concise and procedurally oriented manner.
Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:32 AM
by Michael D. Lemonick of Time magazine, Newsweek & New Scientist.
While on the subject, also check:
The Transits of Extrasolar Planets with Moons
by David M Kipping astronomer with a passion for exomoons!