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Williamson, Ray A. 1938-

Overview
Works: 51 works in 151 publications in 1 language and 5,411 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  Literature  Juvenile works  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Academic theses  Legends 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, htt
Classifications: E98.A88, 398.26
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Most widely held works by Ray A Williamson
They dance in the sky : Native American star myths by Jean Guard Monroe( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of legends about the stars from various North American Indian cultures, including explanations of the Milky Way and constellations such as the Big Dipper
Living the sky : the cosmos of the American Indian by Ray A Williamson( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First houses : Native American homes and sacred structures by Jean Guard Monroe( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a variety of North American Indian creation myths and discusses how the "first houses" described in these myths set the pattern used by the tribes for their own homes and ritual structures. This superb book about Native American architecture is filled with information about Iroquois longhouses, Navajo hogans, Pawnee earth lodges, and Northwest Coast dwellings. Truly entertaining for the mind and spirit, it uses scholarship and mythology to teach young people about Native American houses and structures from around the country
Earth & sky : visions of the cosmos in Native American folklore( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native American starlore has instructed and entertained non-natives for generations. Yet until recently the importance of this extensive body of tradition and acute observation has been ignored or viewed by non-natives simply as crude means to astronomical insight. In this edited collection, seventeen folklorists and astronomers consider American starlore and its relation to specific observation of the sky in terms of its native uses and interpretations. Far from being another recount of sky mythology, this is a book that relates clear descriptions of astronomical phenomena and mechanics to interpretation and ritual usage from all areas of North America. Navajo, Seneca, Alabama, Pawnee, Lakota, Apache, and other peoples are represented. Rather than focus on pristine astronomies, the contributors to this volume consider ongoing traditions and contemporary usages. A broad perspective on the exciting new field of ethnoastronomy, as well as fascinating insight into Native American wisdom
The fair and responsible use of space : an international perspective by Wolfgang Rathgeber( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work outlines the current situation of activities in space and identifies key challenges from the policy perspective. Taking this one step further, it also formulates principles and recommendations for global action
Cowboys & cave dwellers : basketmaker archaeology in Utah's Grand Gulch by Fred M Blackburn( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The tortuous canyon country of southeastern Utah conceals thousands of archaeological sites, ancient homes of the ancestors of today's Southwest Indian peoples. Late in the nineteenth century, adventurous cowboy-archaeologists made the first forays into the canyons in search of the material remains of these prehistoric cultures. Rancher Richard Wetherill (best known as the "discoverer" of Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace) and his brothers; entrepreneurs Charles McLoyd and Charles Cary Graham; and numerous other adventurers, scholars, preachers, and businessmen mounted expeditions into the area now known as Grand Gulch." "With varying degrees of scientific rigor, they mapped and dug the canyon's rich archaeological sites, removing large numbers of artifacts and burial goods to exhibit or sell back home - whether "home" was Durango, Chicago, New York, or Helsinki. In the winter of 1893-94, Richard Wetherill uncovered convincing proof that a previously unrecognized group of people had lived in Grand Gulch before the so-called Anasazi, or Cliff Dwellers. Wetherill named these people the "Basket Makers" and inaugurated a new era of understanding of the region's prehistoric past." "Almost one hundred years later, the modern-day adventure that became known as the Wetherill-Grand Gulch Research Project began as a grassroots effort by a group of avocational archaeologists. Their original plan - to track the nineteenth-century explorers through the signatures and dates they left on canyon walls - soon grew into the larger project of reconstructing the area's lost archaeological history and tracing the current whereabouts of the looted artifacts. The trail eventually led the Wetherill-Grand Gulch team from Utah to Chicago's Field Museum and the American Museum of Natural History of New York."--Jacket
Archaeoastronomy in the Americas( Book )

6 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commercial observation satellites : at the leading edge of global transparency by John C Baker( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wide access to satellite imagery and related products has expanded rapidly since the end of the Cold War. Leading the way into this new era of global transparency is a new generation of high-resolution commercial and civilian imaging satellites that will offer almost anyone timely overhead images of locations that are geographically remote, politically inaccessible, or simply difficult to comprehend without an overhead perspective. But whether these systems are commercially viable remains to be seen in the long run. The probable effects on world affairs are highly uncertain and depend deeply on other economic, technological, and political trends. Still, on balance, greater transparency is likely to provide significant benefits. And the policy community will need to improve its ability to deal with new technologies. But regardless of how one views the political and economic effects, the phenomenon of global transparency is still developing, both from the standpoint of data from high-resolution earth-observation satellites and from the other information technologies that support these data and make them particularly useful in monitoring and better understanding global developments
Science and technology in historic preservation by Ray A Williamson( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technology transfer has played an increasingly important role in historic preservation during the latter half of the twentieth century, a situation attested to by the undertaking of an important congressional study in 1986 that assessed the role of federal agencies in the field. In this book leading researchers update the earlier findings and contribute state-of-the-art reviews and evaluations of technological progress in their areas of expertise
Bridging the gap : European C4ISR capabilities and transatlantic interoperability by Gordon Adams( )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) technologies are at the heart of modern warfighting. They act not only as force multipliers for the military platforms into which they are integrated, but also as the means to better link different types of forces (air, sea, land). Moreover, they can connect forces of different nationalities, enabling interoperability and the efficient use of military resources. The study analyzes the deployed and planned C4ISR capabilities of seven European countries: France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. Capabilities discussions are divided into command and control (C2), communications and computers, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). We examine the extent to which advanced C4ISR and network doctrines figure in the defense planning of these nations and explore the extent of interoperability within and between these national forces and between these forces and those of the United States. The study also examines the C4ISR doctrines and capabilities of the NATO alliance and C4ISR-related work being done under the aegis of the European Union (EU)
Optical manufacturing and testing VII : 28-29 August 2007, San Diego, California, USA by Optical manufacturing and testing( )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optical manufacturing and testing VIII : 4-5 August 2009, San Diego, California, United States by Optical manufacturing and testing( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optical Manufacturing and Testing X : 26-27 August 2013, San Diego, California, United States by Optical Manufacturing and Testing (Conference)( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dual-purpose space technologies : opportunities and challenges for U.S. policymaking by Ray A Williamson( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeoastronomy in the Americas : (selected papers presented at a conference ; Santa Fe - N.M., 1979)( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths by Ray A Williamson( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of radial velocities in diffuse emission regions using a Fabry-Perot interferometer by Ray A Williamson( Book )

5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic Fabry-Perot interferometer was built for the University of Maryland's 20-inch telescope for the study of the radial velocities of diffuse emission nebulae. Observations of S101, S112, IC5146, NGC281, and IC1795 were made and radial velocities at many points within each nebula were determined with an estimated error of plus or minus 3 km/sec. Average heliocentric radial velocities were obtained for each nebula and they agree well with those found by other observers. For S112 and IC5146, a systematic difference of 6-8 km/sec in the radial velocities between the east and west sides of the nebulae was observed. This phenomenon is attributed to the 'braking' effect of cold gas which appears to be associated with the western side of both nebulae. Ring half-widths were obtained for S112, IC5146 and NGC281. (Author)
The Ancients and the stars( Recording )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this roundtable discussion, panelists explore archaeoastronomy, an interdisciplinary study using archaeology and astronomy, to learn about ancient cultures and religions
Exploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civilian space program by Ray A Williamson( )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exploring the unknown" is a multi-volume series containing a selection of key documents in the history of the U.S. civil space program. Volume IV, dealing with the question of access to space, publishes 134 key documents on the history of launch vehicles, emphasizing NASA's development of the Saturn V Moon rocket, the Space Shuttle as a launch vehicle, the commercialization of space transportation, and the development of Shuttle follow-on launch systems such as the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) and the X-33. Each is introduced by a headnote providing context, bibliographical information, and background information necessary to understand the document. These are organized into four major sections, each beginning with an introductory essay that keys the documents to major events in the history of the space program. This documentary history is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of the U.S. civil space program and its development over time. It will serve as a valuable source both for students and scholars
Space for the 21st Century : discovery, innovation, sustainability by Michael Simpson( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It deals principally with the topic of sustainability of space operations. In all fields of challenging endeavor actually accomplishing an objective (e.g., putting a satellite into orbit) comes first, followed by exploitation or commercialization, and lastly by a realization that the resource is finite. Such "finite-ness" may come from considerations of pollution (e.g., space debris, propulsion effluent) or of actual limitations on the availability of the resource (e.g., crowding of Geostationary Earth Orbit - GEO). Both of these topics are among those discussed in detail in this volume
 
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Living the sky : the cosmos of the American IndianFirst houses : Native American homes and sacred structuresEarth & sky : visions of the cosmos in Native American folkloreThe fair and responsible use of space : an international perspectiveCowboys & cave dwellers : basketmaker archaeology in Utah's Grand GulchCommercial observation satellites : at the leading edge of global transparencyScience and technology in historic preservationThey Dance in the Sky: Native American Star MythsExploring the unknown : selected documents in the history of the U.S. civilian space program
Alternative Names
Williamson, Ray

Williamson, Ray 1938-

Williamson, Ray A.

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English (114)