Chi non ha mai pensato di fare una foto al cielo, magari a quello spicchio di Luna che illumina spesso le nostre serate? Forse ci abbiamo anche provato ma con pessimi risultati, oppure la foto è venuta tanto bene che ci piacerebbe farne altre. In questo libro l’autore, grazie a più di 20 anni di esperienza sul campo, propone un percorso attraverso tutti i campi della fotografia astronomica. Sette progetti, dal più semplice al più complesso, guidano il lettore verso l’apprendimento delle tecniche necessarie per fare ottime foto al cielo. Si inizierà con qualche scatto alla Luna; si proseguirà con le tracce stellari, le costellazioni e la Via Lattea. Capiremo come usare un telescopio per catturare i mutevoli dettagli planetari, o le coloratissime nebulose. Infine, l’ultimo tratto della scalata, solo per i più coraggiosi, ci proietterà verso le galassie, fino ai confini dell’Universo, alla caccia di fotoni vecchi miliardi di anni. Tutte le foto presenti nel libro sono a colori e in alta risoluzione per una migliore comprensione del testo. Non subiremo pesanti nozioni teoriche o complesse tecniche elaborative. L’obiettivo è andare insieme sul campo e sapere subito cosa fare, per evitare di sprecare tempo e denaro. Ricordiamoci infatti che la storia di una foto si scrive in fase di acquisizione e non in elaborazione. Su questa ci sarà tempo per esercitarsi partendo da qualche interessante spunto presente nel testo. Tra difficoltà, frustrazioni e molta pazienza, se saremo determinati otterremo risultati che non credevamo neanche possibili, perché l’Universo ripaga sempre con dei doni eccezionali chi si dedica con impegno e costanza a imprimere nell’immortalità di una foto le meraviglie che gelosamente custodisce.
La bellezza nell’Universo è ovunque. Quella vuota e buia cupola che sovrasta le nostre teste nasconde delle opere d’arte e dei tesori dal valore inestimabile che nessuno potrà imitare quanto a magnificenza, eleganza e potenza. Avvolti dal silenzio del vuoto cosmico, osserveremo fenomeni che cambieranno per sempre la nostra visione della Natura, descritti da più di 90 spettacolari fotografie inedite, a colori e in alta risoluzione, scattate dall’autore. Partiremo dalla nostra atmosfera, viaggeremo tra i pianeti, scopriremo le altre stelle e i modi in cui decidono di stare insieme. Ci spingeremo verso lontane galassie e poi lungo i limiti della nostra comprensione, fino a cercare di scoprire la struttura, l’evoluzione e i grandi misteri irrisolti dell’Universo. Capiremo il significato vero, profondo ed eterno della Bellezza, qualcosa di oggettivo, tangibile, appagante, assuefacente; qualcosa di cui noi esseri umani non possiamo fare a meno nella continua ricerca della felicità. Lassù, nella culla della Bellezza e nelle vaste praterie della consapevolezza, troveremo risposte alle nostre domande e sollievo a tutte le sofferenze. Guardare l’Universo per capire chi siamo. È sempre stato così, sin dalla notte dei tempi.
How Apollo Flew to the Moon
Author: W. David Woods
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union - in particular, Gagarin being the first man in space, the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the Moon within a decade. In an expanding 2nd edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and its exploration of the surface. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. He provides a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, the exploration of the lunar surface and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the Moon and the mid-twentieth century. Given the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition will have a new chapter on surface activities, inspired by reader's comment on Amazon.com. There will also be additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition, and will include larger illustrations.
Taming the Atom
Author: Hans Christian Von Baeyer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Fascinating, accessible study recounts the process of discovery, from atomism of the Greeks to quantum revolutions of the 1920s and the theories and conjectures of today. Topics include components of the atom, quantum mechanics, atomic landscape, atoms in isolation, more. "Lucid and entertaining." — The New York Times Book Review.
And the moon came nearer: Journey back to July 20, 1969 It has been called thesingle most historic event of the 20th century OnJuly 20, 1969, after a decade of tests and training, supported by a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, and with a budget of billions, the most powerful rocket ever launched brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon.Nobodycaptured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer, hired byLIFEmagazine to cover the mission in a dazzling reportage he later enhanced into the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon.Rediscover this epoch-making event with TASCHEN s adaptation of Mailer s account, now in our popular Reader's Edition so you can reallycurl up and travel not just back in time, but into outer space. The text is accompanied byhundreds of photographsfrom theNASA vaults, thearchives ofLIFE, and other leading magazines of the day, documenting the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the moon s surface, as well as the world s jubilant reaction to the landing.Captions by leading Apollo 11 expertsexplain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews, while an evocative introduction byColum McCanncelebrates Mailer s incomparable skill at transforming the science of space...the weight of history...the breadth of mythology into prose. About the Series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing.Bibliotheca Universalisbrings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite! "
Author: May Pang, Henry Edwards
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Presents a candid and intimate memoir by the other woman in John Lennon's life
Author: Bob Ward
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Written by veteran aerospace journalist Bob Ward, who spent years investigating his subject, this biography presents a revealing but even-handed portrait of the father of modern rocketry. As he chronicles Wernher von Braun's life, Ward explodes many myths and misconceptions about the controversial genius who was a hero to some, a villain to others. The picture of von Braun that emerges is of a brilliant scientist with limitless curiosity and a drive to achieve his goals at almost any price from, developing the world's first ballistic missile used against the Allies in World War II to helping launch the first U.S. satellite that hurled Americans into space and the Saturn V super-booster that powered them to the moon. Along the way readers are introduced to the human side of this charismatic visionary who brought the United States into the Space Age.
Famed band-leader Glenn Miller was a superstar of his and subsequent generations, who previously had accepted the US Military position that Miller had died over the English Channel during World War II.
Voices from the Moon
Author: Andrew Chaikin, Victoria Kohl
Provides recollections from Apollo astronauts and a collection of photographs that document the history of the Apollo space program.
Author: Leonardo Paolo Lovari
Publisher: Leonardo Paolo Lovari
The Egyptian civilization, which flourished along the banks of the Nile for about 3000 years, was one of the most extraordinary and enduring of the ancient world. Even today, after two thousand years since its setting, it continues to exert considerable charm. The Egyptians left many traces of their culture, thanks to the climate dry desert that has preserved over the centuries. The Sphinx and many pyramids, mummies, funerary masks, funerary decorations, the papyri, have thus been preserved from destruction, the common fate of many ancient remains. Egypt is in fact also known as the "gift of the Nile", because the flooding of the river deposited on the fields a layer of fertile silt, vital for the growth of crops. Already in prehistoric times, the first settlers learned to sow and plant their crops in the fields still covered by mud after the waters had receded. I collected, almost always abundant, they allowed that civilization to thrive and achieve a brilliance never known before. The ancient Egyptians called the fertile valley of the Nile kemet, "black earth", and themselves remet-en-kemet, "the people of the black earth", while the desert surrounding the town was said deshret, "red earth."
Treasures of the Southern Sky
Author: Robert Gendler, Lars Lindberg Christensen, David Malin
This coffee-table book depicts famous features of the southern sky, such as the Magellanic Clouds and the Tarantula Nebula, as well as the brilliant star cluster Pismis 24, the beautiful NGC 1532-1 pair of interacting galaxies and the radiant Toby Jug Nebula.
Many encyclopedia entries (from aberration to ZZ Ceti star) authenticated by a team of respected academics. Colour illustrations, photographs, artworks, and tables. Star Maps created by Wil Tirion.
Author: Eric Burgess
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Surveying the expanding conflict in Europe during one of his famous fireside chats in 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt ominously warned that "we know of other methods, new methods of attack. The Trojan horse. The fifth column that betrays a nation unprepared for treachery. Spies, saboteurs, and traitors are the actors in this new strategy." Having identified a new type of war--a shadow war--being perpetrated by Hitler's Germany, FDR decided to fight fire with fire, authorizing the formation of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to organize and oversee covert operations. Based on an extensive analysis of OSS records, including the vast trove of records released by the CIA in the 1980s and '90s, as well as a new set of interviews with OSS veterans conducted by the author and a team of American scholars from 1995 to 1997, The Shadow War Against Hitler is the full story of America's far-flung secret intelligence apparatus during World War II. In addition to its responsibilities generating, processing, and interpreting intelligence information, the OSS orchestrated all manner of dark operations, including extending feelers to anti-Hitler elements, infiltrating spies and sabotage agents behind enemy lines, and implementing propaganda programs. Planned and directed from Washington, the anti-Hitler campaign was largely conducted in Europe, especially through the OSS's foreign outposts in Bern and London. A fascinating cast of characters made the OSS run: William J. Donovan, one of the most decorated individuals in the American military who became the driving force behind the OSS's genesis; Allen Dulles, the future CIA chief who ran the Bern office, which he called "the big window onto the fascist world"; a veritable pantheon of Ivy League academics who were recruited to work for the intelligence services; and, not least, Roosevelt himself. A major contribution of the book is the story of how FDR employed Hitler's former propaganda chief, Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstengl, as a private spy. More than a record of dramatic incidents and daring personalities, this book adds significantly to our understanding of how the United States fought World War II. It demonstrates that the extent, and limitations, of secret intelligence information shaped not only the conduct of the war but also the face of the world that emerged from the shadows.
Red Moon Rising
Author: Matthew Brzezinski
The behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on earth that launched the superpowers into space. Khrushchev was frustrated at America's U-2 spy plane, which flew too high to be shot down. But Russia's chief rocket designer, had an answer: an artificia