By Philip C. Plait
Encouraged via his renowned site, www.badastronomy.com, this primary e-book via Plait (astronomy, Sonoma country Univ.) debunks well known myths and misconceptions when it comes to astronomy and promotes technological know-how as a way of explaining our mysterious heavens. The paintings describes 24 universal astronomical fallacies, together with the ideals that the Coriolis impression determines the course that water drains in a tub and that planetary alignments may cause catastrophe in the world. the writer sharply and convincingly dismisses astrology, creationism, and alien craft sightings and explains the rules in the back of simple common innovations (the great Bang, why the sky is blue, etc.). notwithstanding a few may well locate him strident, Plait succeeds brilliantly simply because his transparent and comprehensible reasons are convincing and sincere. this primary quantity in Wileys «Bad technology» sequence is suggested for all libraries, particularly astronomy and folklore collections.
Read or Download Bad astronomy: misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax' PDF
Similar astronomy & astrophysics books
This e-book is predicated at the Colloquium Lectures awarded through Shlomo Sternberg in 1990. The authors delve into the mysterious function that teams, specifically Lie teams, play in revealing the legislation of nature via targeting the primary instance of Kepler movement: the movement of a planet lower than the allure of the solar in keeping with Kepler's legislation.
This ebook takes an introductory examine the physics and chemistry of the ambience and the weather dynamics. It offers the fundamentals in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, radiation and chemistry and explains the main attention-grabbing difficulties latest within the research of the ambience of the Earth and planets. This e-book additionally bargains the pc courses to unravel those difficulties.
Telescopes and strategies has proved itself in its first variants, having develop into most likely essentially the most general astronomy texts, either for newbie astronomers and astronomy and astrophysics undergraduates. either past variants of the e-book have been standard for introductory sensible astronomy classes in lots of universities.
Ever seeing that Homo sapiens first regarded up on the stars, we as a species were trying to find which means within the mysteries of the evening sky. Over the millennia, as our wisdom, technology, and know-how constructed, the tales we informed ourselves in regards to the universe and our position in it built to boot. within the evening Sky, Richard Grossinger strains these advancements, masking a number of facets of humanity's complicated courting to the cosmos.
- Islam Obscured: The Rhetoric of Anthropological Representation
- Galactic Encounters: Our Majestic and Evolving Star-System, From the Big Bang to Time's End
- Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Mapping to Reveal Global and Cosmic Processes
- The Heavens on Earth: Observatories and Astronomy in Nineteenth-Century Science and Culture (Science and Cultural Theory)
- Guidebook to the Constellations: Telescopic Sights, Tales, and Myths
Extra info for Bad astronomy: misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax'
He’d probably say: “Hey! I’ve been dead 350 years! ”) But there’s a downside to Kepler’s elliptical orbits; they play with our common sense and allow us to jump to the wrong conclusions. We know that planets, including our own, orbit the Sun in these oval paths, so we know that sometimes we’re closer to the Sun than at other times. We also know that distance plays a role in the heat we feel. We therefore come to the logical conclusion that the seasons are caused by our changing distance from the Sun.
Under those conditions it’s not surprising that the colors may get a little distorted. As was mentioned before, at sunrise and sunset the Sun can look remarkably red, orange, or yellow, depending on the amount of junk in the air. Also, the light is heavily filtered by the air, making the Sun look dim enough to be bearable to look at. So the only time of day we can clearly see the Sun is when it’s low in the sky, which, not so coincidentally, is also when it looks yellowish or red. This may also play a part in the perceived color of the Sun.
They come up with a product so revolutionary that it leaves the others in the dust. It’s more than light-years ahead, it’s a whole new product. How to describe it? Sometimes they say it’s a “quantum leap” ahead of the others. But how big a leap is that, really? The nature of matter has been a mystery for thousands of years (and really, it still is). Contrary to our modern bias that ancient 34 BAD ASTRONOMY BEGINS AT HOME people were not as smart as we are now, the ancient Greeks theorized about the existence of atoms.