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Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries (Hardcover, Edition.): Govert Schilling Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries (Hardcover, Edition.)
Govert Schilling
R1,310 Discovery Miles 13 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Offers a unique combination of informative text, magnificent illustrations and stylish design Examines the 100 most important discoveries since the invention of the telescope Features spectacular photographs, taken with the largest telescopes on Earth and in space, that portray distant corners of the universe Author Govert Schilling is a renowned astronomy journalist and science communicator

In his "Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries," astronomy journalist Govert Schilling tells the story of 400 years of telescopic astronomy. He looks at the 100 most important discoveries since the invention of the telescope. Doing what Schilling does best, he takes the reader on an adventure through both space and time. Photographs and amazing pictures line the pages of this book, offering the reader an escape from this world and an invitation to a world far beyond what the unaided human eye can detect.

Ripples in Spacetime - Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy (Hardcover): Govert Schilling Ripples in Spacetime - Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy (Hardcover)
Govert Schilling; Foreword by Martin Rees
R632 Discovery Miles 6 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It has already been called the scientific breakthrough of the century: the detection of gravitational waves. Einstein predicted these tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime nearly a hundred years ago, but they were never perceived directly until now. Decades in the making, this momentous discovery has given scientists a new understanding of the cataclysmic events that shape the universe and a new confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. Ripples in Spacetime is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin. The quest for gravitational waves involved years of risky research and many personal and professional struggles that threatened to derail one of the world's largest scientific endeavors. Govert Schilling takes readers to sites where these stories unfolded--including Japan's KAGRA detector, Chile's Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the South Pole's BICEP detectors, and the United States' LIGO labs. He explains the seeming impossibility of developing technologies sensitive enough to detect waves from two colliding black holes in the very distant universe, and describes the astounding precision of the LIGO detectors. Along the way Schilling clarifies concepts such as general relativity, neutron stars, and the big bang using language that readers with little scientific background can grasp. Ripples in Spacetime provides a window into the next frontiers of astronomy, weaving far-reaching predictions and discoveries into a gripping story of human ambition and perseverance.

Eyes on the Skies - 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery (Hardcover): Govert Schilling, Lars Lindberg Christensen Eyes on the Skies - 400 Years of Telescopic Discovery (Hardcover)
Govert Schilling, Lars Lindberg Christensen
R753 R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Save R74 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all came from. "Eyes on the Skies" features numerous full-page photographs and is printed in high-quality color throughout.

Also includes the official IYA DVD with 59 minutes of narrated text, expert comments and interviews, animations, computer simulations, science results, plus footage from observatories.

Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Paperback, Main): Govert Schilling, Marcus Chown Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Paperback, Main)
Govert Schilling, Marcus Chown 1
R240 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical. Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.

Constellations - The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky (Hardcover): Govert Schilling Constellations - The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky (Hardcover)
Govert Schilling; Illustrated by Wil Tirion
R768 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R209 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In CONSTELLATIONS, award-winning astronomy writer Govert Schilling takes us on an unprecedented visual tour of all 88 constellations in our night sky. Much more than just a stargazer's guide, CONSTELLATIONS is complete history of astronomy as told by Schilling through the lens of each constellation. The book is organized alphabetically by constellation. Profiles of each constellation include basic information such as size, visibility, and number of stars, as well as information on the discovery and naming of the constellation and associated lore. Beyond details about the constellation itself is information about every astronomical event that took place or discovery made in the vicinity of the constellation. In the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan) we encounter the location of the first confirmed black hole. A stop at Gemini (the Twins) is a chance to say hello to the dwarf planet Pluto, and in Orion (the hunter) we find the location of the first identified gamma-ray burst. Stunning star maps throughout the book by acclaimed star mapmaker Wil Tirion show us the exact location of every constellation, the details of its structure, as well as its surrounding astronomical neighbors.

Ripples in Spacetime - Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy, With a New Afterword (Paperback, 2nd New... Ripples in Spacetime - Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy, With a New Afterword (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Govert Schilling; Foreword by Martin Rees
R425 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R36 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Physics Today Best Book of the Year A Forbes "For the Physics and Astronomy Lover in Your Life" Selection "Succinct, accessible, and remarkably timely... This book is a rare find." -Physics Today "Belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in learning the scientific, historical, and personal stories behind some of the most incredible scientific advances of the 21st century." -Forbes The detection of gravitational waves has already been called the scientific breakthrough of the century. Einstein predicted these tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime over a hundred years ago, but they were only recently perceived directly for the first time. Ripples in Spacetime is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin. "Schilling's deliciously nerdy grand tour takes us through compelling backstory, current research, and future expectations." -Nature "A lively and readable account... Schilling underlines that this discovery is the opening of a new window on the universe, the beginning of a new branch of science." -Graham Farmelo, The Guardian

The Hunt for Planet X - New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009): Govert... The Hunt for Planet X - New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009)
Govert Schilling
R707 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R141 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ever since the serendipitous discovery of planet Uranus in 1871, astronomers have been hunting for new worlds in the outer regions of our solar system. This exciting and ongoing quest culminated recently in the discovery of hundreds of ice dwarfs in the Kuiper belt, robbed Pluto from its 'planet' status, and led to a better understanding of the origin of the solar system.

This timely book reads like a scientific 'who done it', going from the heights of discovery to the depths of disappointment in the hunt for 'Planet X'. Based on many personal interviews with astronomers, the well-known science writer Govert Schilling introduces the heroes in the race to be the first in finding another world, bigger than Pluto.

Evolving Cosmos (Hardcover, New): Govert Schilling Evolving Cosmos (Hardcover, New)
Govert Schilling
R1,381 R1,297 Discovery Miles 12 970 Save R84 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Science journalist Govert Schilling takes the reader on a whirlwind journey through time by describing the evolution of the cosmos, from the beginning of space and time fourteen billion years ago, to the creation of the Earth and humankind. Ending with a glance into the distant future of the universe, the book's combination of compelling text and breathtaking photographs provides an impressive vision of the place of man in the cosmos. Govert Schilling is a Dutch science writer and astronomy publicist. He is a contributing editor of Sky and Telescope magazine, and regularly writes for the news sections of Science and New Scientist. Schilling is the astronomy writer for de Volkskrant, one of the largest national daily newspapers in The Netherlands, and frequently talks about the Universe on Dutch radio broadcasts. He is the author of more than twenty popular astronomy books, including Flash! (Cambridge, 2002), and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on astronomy.

Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Hardcover): Marcus Chown, Govert Schilling Tweeting the Universe - Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas (Hardcover)
Marcus Chown, Govert Schilling 1
R270 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R54 (20%) Out of stock

In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical. Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - "the finest cosmology writer of our day" (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. "Tweeting the Universe" is unlike any other science book.

The Hunt for Planet X - New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto (Hardcover, 2009 ed.): Govert Schilling The Hunt for Planet X - New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto (Hardcover, 2009 ed.)
Govert Schilling
R797 R646 Discovery Miles 6 460 Save R151 (19%) Out of stock

Ever since the serendipitous discovery of planet Uranus in 1871, astronomers have been hunting for new worlds in the outer regions of our solar system. This exciting and ongoing quest culminated recently in the discovery of hundreds of ice dwarfs in the Kuiper belt, robbed Pluto from its planet status, and led to a better understanding of the origin of the solar system.

This timely book reads like a scientific who done it, going from the heights of discovery to the depths of disappointment in the hunt for Planet X . Based on many personal interviews with astronomers, the well-known science writer Govert Schilling introduces the heroes in the race to be the first in finding another world, bigger than Pluto."

Caccia Al Pianeta X - Nuovi Mondi E Il Destino Di Plutone (Italian, Paperback, 2011 ed.): Govert Schilling Caccia Al Pianeta X - Nuovi Mondi E Il Destino Di Plutone (Italian, Paperback, 2011 ed.)
Govert Schilling
R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Out of stock

Govert Schilling, giornalista scientifico olandese, autore di una quarantina di libri, collaboratore di riviste prestigiose come Science, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, non solo e un divulgatore preciso e scrupoloso, ma ha pure una scrittura raffinata ed avvincente capace di presentare ogni scoperta scientifica per quello che e: una straordinaria avventura della mente. Il libro coglie lo spunto del declassamento di Plutone quale pianeta per raccontare le piu recenti scoperte effettuate ai confini del Sistema Solare, con l osservazione di centinaia di nuovi corpi celesti come Quaoar, Sedna, Xena, Eris. Quanti sono veramente i pianeti del Sistema Solare? Quanto e concreto il pericolo per la Terra di un impatto asteroidale? Esiste Nemesis, la stella compagna del Sole? Questi sono alcuni degli argomenti che Schilling affronta con il suo stile caratteristico: raccontare i fatti scientifici attraverso gli uomini che ne sono i protagonisti."

Galaxies - The Origins and Destiny of Our Universe (Hardcover): Govert Schilling Galaxies - The Origins and Destiny of Our Universe (Hardcover)
Govert Schilling
R1,186 R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Save R230 (19%) Out of stock

A sweeping tour of the galaxies, from our Milky Way to infinity. Galaxies are glittering islands in the Universe, interwoven in the web of Dark Matter. From Earth's mountaintops enormous telescopes peer deep beyond the Milky Way, while space telescopes locate majestic images, and through seemingly miraculous technology, capture them for us to look at and learn with amazement. Featuring the most recent, best, and even startling images with detailed captions highlighting accessible text, Galaxies shows the restless universe beyond our atmosphere. Photographs are from more than 30 of the world's largest ground-based telescopes, including the largest to date, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. It will not be until 2025 that an even larger telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, will join its neighbour in the mountains of Chile and open a wider window into the dark Universe. Images are also featured from the Hubble Space Telescope, which has continued to operate long past its expected life and has continued to astound and astonish stargazers worldwide. Here is the glory of the galaxies: The Milky Way, our Galaxy - Stellar Nurseries, Stars and Planets, When Stars Die; In the Heart of the Milky Way; Mapping the Milky Way; Our Galactic Neighbourhood - The Magellanic Clouds; the Andromeda Galaxy; The Triangulum Galaxy; Satellite Galaxies; How far away are the stars?; The Gallery of Galaxies - Spiral Galaxies; Barred Spiral Galaxies; Elliptical, Lenticular and Dwarf Galaxies; Dark Matter; The Expanding Universe; Monsters and Black Holes - Twisting Galaxies; Colliding Galaxies; Active Galactic Nuclei and Quasars; Supermassive Black Holes; Giant Eyes for the Sky; Clusters of Galaxies - Cosmic Clusters; Gravitational Lensing; Dark Forces; The Large-scale Structure of the Universe; Looking Back in Time; Birth and Evolution - At the Edge of Space and Time; The First Galaxies; The Beginning of the Universe; Dark Energy; Cosmology.

Deep Space - Beyond the Solar System to the End of the Universe and the Beginning of Time (Hardcover): Govert Schilling Deep Space - Beyond the Solar System to the End of the Universe and the Beginning of Time (Hardcover)
Govert Schilling
R787 R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Save R56 (7%) Out of stock

Govert Schilling explores the mysteries of space that lie beyond our solar system on this mind-bending trip to nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and the edge of the observable universe.Join Govert Schilling on a journey across the universe that will ignite the imagination. The trip begins inside our own solar system with a brief tour of the sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets. We then accelerate into deep space, traveling from our interstellar neighborhood, through our own galaxy, the Milky Way, to the far reaches of the cosmos.With Schilling as our guide, we explore the birth of stars and stellar nurseries, such as the Orion and Carina Nebulae; the death of stars, from red giants to catastrophic supernova explosions; and galaxies and galaxy clusters beyond our own including spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and lenticular galaxies. We learn about supermassive black holes, which astronomers now believe exist at the center of every galaxy including our own, and exoplanets, billions of which are believed to be orbiting stars in the Milky Way and beyond. The book concludes at the edge of the cosmological horizon with a look at dark matter, dark energy, and theories of extraterrestrial life and the Multiverse.Including hundreds of photographs and custom illustrations, as well as a star atlas that shows the full celestial sky, Deep Space is the perfect book for astronomy buffs, students, and anyone fascinated with the mystery and beauty of the cosmos.

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