WorldCat Identities

Lang, Kenneth R.

Works: 78 works in 352 publications in 3 languages and 10,861 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Mathematical formulae  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Chronology  History  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Observations 
Roles: Editor, Creator
Classifications: QB501, 523.7
Publication Timeline
Publications about  Kenneth R Lang Publications about Kenneth R Lang
Publications by  Kenneth R Lang Publications by Kenneth R Lang
Most widely held works about Kenneth R Lang
Most widely held works by Kenneth R Lang
The Cambridge guide to the solar system by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
19 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work provides a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the planets and their moons. Writing at an introductory level appropriate for high school and undergraduate students, Professor Lang leads the reader on a fascinating journey of exploration to the worlds beyond our home planet Earth. The books begins with a short introduction to the history of planetary observation and discovery. The major planets and their moons are then introduced by presenting common properties, processes, and themes. This is followed by chapters which focus on individual planets and other solar system objects, including a comprehensive treatment of the various space missions; from the Apollo missions to the Moon, to recent missions to Jupiter and Mars. Filled with vital facts and information, and illustrated throughout, this book will also appeal to professionals as well as general readers with an interest in planetary science
Sun, earth, and sky by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
32 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This Second Edition of Sun, Earth and Sky updates the popular text by providing comprehensive accounts of the most recent discoveries made by five modern solar spacecraft during the past decade. Their instruments have used sound waves to peer deep into the Sun's inner regions and measure the temperature of its central nuclear reactor, and extended our gaze far from the visible Sun to record energetic outbursts that threaten Earth. Breakthrough observations with the underground Sudbury Neutrino Observatory are also included, which explain the new physics of ghostly neutrinos and solve the problematic mismatch between the predicted and observed amounts of solar neutrinos. This new edition of Sun, Earth and Sky also describes our recent understanding of how the Sun's outer atmosphere is heated to a million degrees, and just where the Sun's continuous winds come from. As humans we are more intimately linked with our life-sustaining Sun than with any other astronomical object, and the new edition therefore provides modern interpretations of ozone depletion and global warming that are related to both the Sun and to human activities. Written in a light and friendly style, this lavishly illustrated book introduces the Sun and its physics, and describes all aspects of the Sun's interaction with us on Earth."--Publisher's website
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the sun by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Sun is our powerhouse, sustaining life on Earth, energizing our planet, and fueling the engine of life. Its warmth drives our weather, lifting water from the seas, and producing winds that drive clouds over the continents. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun is the fundamental, up-to-date reference source of information about this life-enhancing star, covering everything from basic facts to detailed concepts. Organized thematically, chapters feature: -the properties of the Sun as a star -the Sun's place in the Galaxy and the Universe -the science of the Sun's interior -the sun's visible disk -what makes the sun shine. Kenneth Lang also explains solar flares and the solar wind, and their impact on the Earth. Many full-color figures and photographs throughout the book make all the information highly accessible
The sun from space by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
28 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Sun from Space is a comprehensive account of solar astrophysics and how our perception and knowledge of this star have gradually evolved as mankind has elucidated ever more of its mysteries. The emphasis is on the last decade, which has seen three successful solar spacecraft missions: SOHO, Ulysses and Yohkoh. Together these have confirmed many aspects of the SUN and its output, and provided new clues to the numerous open questions that remain. The author, a leading researcher in the field, writes in a clear and concise style. Known also for his famous books "Astrophysical Formulae", "Sun, Earth and Sky", and the prize-winning "Wanderers in Space", he has succeeded once again in addressing a complex scientific topic in a very approachable way. Hence, this generously illustrated book, whilst primarily addressing students, will also be of interest to a broader readership covering all levels from the amateur to the expert
A companion to astronomy and astrophysics : chronology and glossary with data tables by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Astronomy and Astrophysics is a comprehensive, fundamental, up-to-date reference book. It is filled with vital information and basic facts for amateur astronomers and professional astrophysicists, and for anyone interested in the Universe, from the Earth and other planets to the stars, galaxies and beyond. Although serious and thorough, the language, and ideas will attract the general reader, as well as students and professionals." "Astronomy and Astrophysics consists of two main parts, a Timeline and a Dictionary. The Timeline is a concise history, arranged chronologically, which provides the complete story of cosmic discovery from early Chinese and Greek astronomy to the latest findings of modern astrophysics and robotic spacecraft. It provides a sense of destination and flow in our growing awareness of the Universe. Each entry in the unfolding narrative is written in a concise, light and friendly style, without being weighted down with incomprehensible specialized terms." "The Glossary defines all terms and acronyms related to our celestial science, from important concepts to individual objects and space missions. It is arranged alphabetically and complemented by numerous tables of fundamental data for luminous, well-studied cosmic objects, including the celestial coordinates required to observe them. Line drawings with clear labels and captions are also used to compact a scientific insight. A concise Index cross-references concepts, discoveries, ideas, people, history and time in both the Chronology and Glossary."--BOOK JACKET
Astrophysical formulae : a compendium for the physicist and astrophysicist by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
38 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume is a reference source of fundamental formulae in physics and astrophysics. In contrast to most of the usual compendia it carefully explains the physical assumptions entering the formulae. All the important results of physical theories are covered: electrodynamics, hydrodynamics, general relativity, atomic and nuclear physics, and so on. Over 2100 formulae are included, and the original papers for the formulae are cited together with papers on modern applications in a bibliography of over 1900 entries. For this new edition, a chapter on space, time, matter and cosmology has been included and the other chapters have been carefully revised
A Source book in astronomy and astrophysics, 1900-1975 by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
9 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parting the cosmic veil by Kenneth R Lang ( )
15 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The discovery of new planets has taken us one step closer to the detection of life outside the Earth, and knowledge of the evolving Universe has been extended back to the beginning of time, pushing the boundaries of knowledge closer to an understanding of the origins and destinies of either the Universe or life. Nevertheless, the ultimate answers to these grand questions still lie hidden behind the Cosmic Veil, and may not be answered by science alone." "Parting the Cosmic Veil is a voyage of discovery, presented within universal themes, such as invisibility, motion, content, form, impermanence, violence, emptiness, beginnings and ends. On a personal level these topic concern us all, as we unveil the Universe in this fascinating book, chapter by chapter. The human aspect of some of the themes is additionally broadened by the perceptions of artists, poets and writers each example chosen for the insight it offers, as well as with line drawings that forcefully provide a scientific insight."--Jacket
The life and death of stars by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book, Kenneth R. Lang explains the life cycle of stars, from the dense molecular clouds that are stellar nurseries to the enigmatic nebulae that some stars leave behind in their violent ends. Free of mathematical equations and technical jargon, Lang's lively and accessible text provides physical insights into how stars such as our Sun are born, what fuels them and keeps them bright, how they evolve, and the processes by which they eventually die. The book demonstrates the sheer scope and variety of stellar phenomena in the context of the universe as a whole. Boxed focus elements enhance and amplify the discussion for readers who want more depth. Featuring more then 150 figures, including color plates, The Life and Death of Stars is a modern and up-to-date account of stars written for a broad audience, from armchair astronomers and popular-science readers to students and teachers of science
Wanderers in space : exploration and discovery in the solar system by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrophysical data by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
24 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume collects an enormous amount of reference information for astronomers and astrophysicists, ranging from fundamental physical constants to orbital data for selected asteroids. For the Earth and planets, it includes, for example, data on mass, orbits, and atmospheres. There are chapters on the Sun, on stars in general, on bright and nearby stars, and on Wolf-Rayet stars. On a large scale, there are data on star clusters and associations, on region of star formation, and other nebulae of various kinds. Finally, the book includes chapters on dwarf stars, pulsars, interacting binaries, symbiotic stars, supernovae remnants, and x-ray and gamma-ray sources. A companion volume Astrophysical Data: Galaxies will follow
Astrophysical formulae by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
20 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essential astrophysics by Kenneth R Lang ( )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essential Astrophysics is a book to learn or teach from, as well as a fundamental reference volume for anyone interested in astronomy and astrophysics. It presents astrophysics from basic principles without requiring any previous study of astronomy or astrophysics. It serves as a comprehensive introductory text, which takes the student through the field of astrophysics in lecture-sized chapters of basic physical principles applied to the cosmos. This one-semester overview will be enjoyed by undergraduate students with an interest in the physical sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry, engineering or physics, as well as by any curious student interested in learning about our celestial science. The mathematics required for understanding the text is on the level of simple algebra, for that is all that is needed to describe the fundamental principles. The text is of sufficient breadth and depth to prepare the interested student for more advanced specialized courses in the future. Astronomical examples are provided throughout the text, to reinforce the basic concepts and physics, and to demonstrate the use of the relevant formulae. In this way, the student learns to apply the fundamental equations and principles to cosmic objects and situations. All of the examples are solved with the rough accuracy needed to portray the basic result. Astronomical and physical constants and units as well as the most fundamental equations can be found in the appendix. Essential Astrophysics goes beyond the typical textbook by including references to the seminal papers in the field, with further reference to recent applications, results, or specialized literature. There are fifty set-aside focus elements that enhance and augment the discussion with fascinating details. They include the intriguing historical development of particular topics and provide further astrophysics equations or equations for other topics. Kenneth Lang is a world-renowned author on astrophysics. His books for professional astrophysicists as well as for students and the interested layman are highly acclaimed
Flare stars at radio wavelengths by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
VLA observations of the coronal plasma by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrophysical formulae by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
13 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le Soleil et ses relations avec la terre by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in French and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Astrophysical formulae by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.54 (from 0.00 for Papers, ... to 0.92 for A semi-ann ...)
Alternative Names
Lang, K. R.
Lang, K.R. 1941-
Lang, K. R. (Kenneth R.)
Lang, K. R. (Kenneth R.), 1941-
Lang, Ken.
Lang, Ken 1941-
Lang, Kenneth R.
Leng, K.
Ленг, К.
ラング, ケネス・R
English (264)
German (4)
French (4)