Celestial Sleuth

Author: Donald W. Olson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461484035
Release Date: 2013-10-02
Genre: Science

For a general audience interested in solving mysteries in art, history, and literature using the methods of science, 'forensic astronomy' is a thrilling new field of exploration. Astronomical calculations are the basis of the studies, which have the advantage of bringing to readers both evocative images and a better understanding of the skies. Weather facts, volcano studies, topography, tides, historical letters and diaries, famous paintings, military records, and the friendly assistance of experts in related fields add variety, depth, and interest to the work. The chosen topics are selected for their wide public recognition and intrigue, involving artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, and Ansel Adams; historical events such as the Battle of Marathon, the death of Julius Caesar, the American Revolution, and World War II; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Joyce, and Mary Shelley. This book sets out to answer these mysteries indicated with the means and expertise of astronomy, opening the door to a richer experience of human culture and its relationship with nature. Each subject is carefully analyzed. As an example using the study of sky paintings by Vincent van Gogh, the analytical method would include: - computer calculations of historical skies above France in the 19th century - finding and quoting the clues found in translations of original letters by Van Gogh - making site visits to France to determine the precise locations when Van Gogh set up his easel and what celestial objects are depicted. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there would be a different kind of mystery to be solved. As an example: - How can the phase of the Moon and time of moonrise help to explain a turning point of the American Civil War - the fatal wounding of Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville in 1863? For each literary reference to astronomy, it was determined which celestial objects were being described and making an argument that the author is describing an actual event. For example, what was the date of the moonlit scene when Mary Shelley first had the idea for her novel “Frankenstein?” These and more fun riddles will enchant and delight the fan of art and astronomy.

Further Adventures of the Celestial Sleuth

Author: Donald W. Olson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319703206
Release Date: 2018-01-31
Genre: Science

From the author of "Celestial Sleuth" (2014), yet more mysteries in art, history, and literature are solved by calculating phases of the Moon, determining the positions of the planets and stars, and identifying celestial objects in paintings. In addition to helping to crack difficult cases, these studies spark our imagination and provide a better understanding of the skies. Weather archives, vintage maps, tides, historical letters and diaries, military records and the assistance of experts in related fields help with this work. For each historical event influenced by astronomy, there is a different kind of mystery to be solved. How did the changing tides affect an army's battle plans? How did the phases of the moon affect how an artist painted a landscape? Follow these exciting investigations with a master “celestial sleuth” as he tracks down the truth and helps unravel mysteries as far back as the Middle Ages and as recent as the iconic 1945 photograph of a kiss in Times Square on VJ Day. Topics or "cases" pursued were chosen for their wide public recognition and intrigue and involve artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet; historical events such as the campaigns of Braveheart in Scotland and battles in World War II and the Korean War; and literary authors such as Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Byron, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Ansel Adams

Author: Mary Street Alinder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781620408018
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

First published in 1996, Mary Street Alinder's biography of Ansel Adams remains the only full biography of one of the greatest American photographers. Alinder is a respected scholar, and also had a close connection to Adams, serving as his chief assistant in the last five years of his life. The portrait she creates of him is intimate and affectionate; it is also clear-eyed. She takes on his difficult childhood in San Francisco, the friendships and rivalries within his circle of photographers, his leadership in America's environmental movement, his marriage, his affairs, and his not-always-successful fatherhood. Enriched by her uniquely personal understanding of Adams the man, she explains the artistic philosophy that, paired with his peerless technique, produced an inimitable style. Her biography is likely to remain unrivaled. This new edition will bring the classic up to date and includes research that reveals new information and a deeper understanding of his greatest photographs. It will also include thirty-two pages of reproductions of Adams's work and snapshots of the artist and close friends.

The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth Century British Literature and Science

Author: John Holmes
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317042341
Release Date: 2017-05-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

Tracing the continuities and trends in the complex relationship between literature and science in the long nineteenth century, this companion provides scholars with a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date foundation for research in this field. In intellectual, material and social terms, the transformation undergone by Western culture over the period was unprecedented. Many of these changes were grounded in the growth of science. Yet science was not a cultural monolith then any more than it is now, and its development was shaped by competing world views. To cover the full range of literary engagements with science in the nineteenth century, this companion consists of twenty-seven chapters by experts in the field, which explore crucial social and intellectual contexts for the interactions between literature and science, how science affected different genres of writing, and the importance of individual scientific disciplines and concepts within literary culture. Each chapter has its own extensive bibliography. The volume as a whole is rounded out with a synoptic introduction by the editors and an afterword by the eminent historian of nineteenth-century science Bernard Lightman.

Author: 이은영
Publisher: 휴머니스트
ISBN: 9791160800036
Release Date: 2016-12-12
Genre: Nature

많은 과학책들이 과학을 쉽고 재미있게 이야기한다고 말한다. 과학이 쉽고 재미있다고? 아니, 과학은 어렵다. 어떻게 쉬울 수 있겠는가. 과학 전문 출판사에서 15년 동안 과학책 만드는 일을 해 온 이 책의 저자 이은영은 과학을 공부한 지 꽤 많은 세월이 흘렀음에도 아직도 과학이 어렵다고 말한다. 거창한 이론이 아니더라도 지구와 달이 우주에서 부딪치지 않고 떠있는 것조차 잘 이해하지 못하고 있다고 고백한다. 하지만 그녀는 덧붙인다. 조금만 유심히 살펴보면, 지금껏 과학이 밝혀낸 사실들은 많은 흥미로운 이야깃거리를 담고 있다고. 《사이언스 라디오》는 바로 거기에서 출발했다. 이 책은 출근길 버스 안에서 흘러나오는 라디오처럼, 커피 한 잔과 함께 여유 있게 즐기는 에세이처럼 일상의 언어로 친근하고 다정하게 과학 이야기를 들려준다. 글과 어우러진 다양한 그림과 사진을 새로운 시선으로 바라보는 것은 또 다른 즐거움이다. 과학 이론이나 개념은 잠시 잊고, 과학 속 이야기를 즐겨 보자. 하루 5분, 당신의 일상에 과학 감수성을 불어넣는 시간! ‘사이언스 라디오’에 주파수를 맞춰 보는 것은 어떨까.


Author: Florian Scheck
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783662085936
Release Date: 2013-07-29
Genre: Science

Die vierte Auflage der Mechanik wurde in einigen Abschnitten ergänzt (z.B. zur Hamiltonschen Prinzipialfunktion und zum Aufstehkreisel) und auf Fehler durchgesehen, zudem wurden die Aufgaben überarbeitet, wobei nun alle vollständigen Lösungen mit aufgenommen wurden. Das wird all jenen zugute kommen, die diese umfassende Einführung in die Mechanik vorlesungsbegleitend oder zum Selbststudium verwenden wollen. Am Grundaufbau des Buches wurde nichts geändert: von elementarer Newtonscher Mechanik bis zur Diskussion von deterministischem Chaos und kontinuierlichen Systemen. Ein mathematischer Anhang und ein Wegweiser durch die Literatur runden das Buch ab.


Author: Ernst Kircher
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783662222997
Release Date: 2013-07-01
Genre: Science


Author: Martin Knight
ISBN: 398090640X
Release Date: 2003

Abaelards Historia calamitatum

Author: Dag Nikolaus Hasse
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110170124
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Authors, Latin (Medieval and modern)

Peter Abelard's autobiography, the Historia calamitatum, is one of the best-known medieval texts, especially because of the story of his love for Heloise which it recounts. In recent decades, there was so much controversy about the authenticity of the documents concerning Abelard and Heloise that the critical interpretation of the texts was relegated to the sidelines. The present volume provides a way out of this impasse. In it, the famous text is subjected to a series of exemplary analyses from the perspectives of seven different 20th century literary theories (aesthetics of reception, Foucault, Gender Studies, Rhetorical Stylistic Analysis, Psychology of Literature, Cultural Studies, Deconstruction). The analyses are preceded by the Latin text of the Historia calamitatum with a modern German translation. This is thus the first time that the Historia calamitatum has been presented in a bilingual edition.

Die Radiofamilie

Author: Ingeborg Bachmann
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518745502
Release Date: 2011-05-28
Genre: Fiction

Im Herbst des Jahres 1951 tritt eine »kettenrauchende Meerfrau mit Engelhaar, die mehr flüsterte als sprach« in die Hörspielabteilung des amerikanischen Besatzungssenders Rot-Weiß-Rot in Wien ein. Ingeborg Bachmann, so der Name der jungen Frau, wird für die nächsten beiden Jahre das Unterhaltungsprogramm des Senders prägen und die Radiofamilie Floriani zur bekanntesten und beliebtesten Sendung der Nachkriegszeit machen. Sie sind bürgerlich, und sie sind verschroben, die Florianis: Da ist Hans, der Paterfamilias, Oberlandesgerichtsrat und ehrenhaft bis in die Knochen. Von den rotzfrechen Kindern wird er um den Finger gewickelt: »Ich bin eine komische Figur in meiner Familie«, beklagt er sich bei seiner Frau Vilma, Generalstochter aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg, »also ein bisserl etwas Höheres«, und in dieser Frage nicht gewillt, dem Herrn Gemahl zu widersprechen. Strenger geht sie da schon mit dem Onkel Guido ins Gericht, dem Halbbruder des Oberlandesgerichtsrats. Er war ein Nazi, aber ein kleiner, der sonst nichts angestellt hat. »Nur ein Trottel, der auf den Hitler hereingefallen ist.« Woche für Woche kommen sie zusammen und verhandeln mit viel Witz und Ironie den Kalten Krieg, die Entnazifizierung, den beginnenden Wiederaufbau – und neben dem großen auch das kleine Geschehen im Nachkriegsösterreich. Lange galten die von Ingeborg Bachmann verfaßten Skripte als verloren. In diesem Band sind sie nun, zusammen mit einem ausführlichen editorischen Nachwort des Herausgebers, erstmals publiziert.

Metzler Lexikon Avantgarde

Author: Hubert van den Berg
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783476052025
Release Date: 2017-01-23
Genre: Social Science

Vom Aufbruch der modernen Kunst und Literatur Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts bis zur Postmoderne das Lexikon gibt einen umfassenden Überblick über die klassische Avantgarde und die neueren Avantgarde-Bewegungen. In rund 220 Artikeln erschließt es die Avantgarde in den einzelnen Ländern sowie die verschiedenen Gattungen und Kunstsparten, wie z. B. Architektur, Bildhauerei, Design, Film, Literatur, Malerei, Mode und Fotografie. Die Einträge reichen von Abstrakter Kunst, Bauhaus, Collage und Computerkunst, über Experimentelle Musik, Gesamtkunstwerk, Happening, Konkrete Poesie, Manifest und Neue Sachlichkeit, bis Performance, Pop-Art, Ready-made und Zufall.