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Murdin, Paul

Works: 72 works in 317 publications in 5 languages and 8,195 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Popular works  Pictorial works  History  Illustrated works  Photographs from space  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, wpr, Compiler, Contributor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paul Murdin
Catalogue of the universe by Paul Murdin( Book )

27 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the practices, rituals, and roles of witches and magic-makers around the world and throughout history
The Firefly encyclopedia of astronomy( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a range of topics that illustrate the state of modern astronomy, and includes practical advice ranging from how to use binoculars to advanced imaging techniques
Encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysics( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Online version: a comprehensive reference on astronomy and astrophysics with over 3,000 full text entries. Keyword searchable by index terms and contributors, this resource is updated quarterly and new material is added periodically
Colours of the stars by David Malin( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Colours of the stars uses spectacular photography to shw the coulours of stars, galaxies, and nebulae."--Jacket
Secrets of the universe : how we discovered the cosmos by Paul Murdin( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discoveries in astronomy challenge our fundamental ideas about the universe. Where the astronomers of antiquity once spoke of fixed stars, we now speak of whirling galaxies and giant supernovae. Where we once thought Earth was the center of the universe, we now see it as a small planet among millions of other planetary systems, any number of which could also hold life. These dramatic shifts in our perspective hinge on thousands of individual discoveries: moments when it became clear to someone that some part of the universe, whether a planet or a supermassive black hole, was not as it once seemed. This book invites us to participate in these moments of revelation and wonder as scientists first experienced them. The author, an astronomer, here provides an ambitious and exciting overview of astronomy, conveying for newcomers and aficionados alike the most important discoveries of this science and introducing the many people who made them. Illustrated with more than 400 color images, the book outlines in seventy episodes what humankind has learned about the cosmos, and what scientists around the world are poised to learn in the coming decades. Arranged by types of discovery, it also provides an overarching narrative throughout that explains how the earliest ideas of the cosmos evolved into the cutting edge astronomy we know today. Along the way, he never forgets that science is a human endeavor, and that every discovery was the result of inspiration, hard work, or luck, usually all three. The first section explores discoveries made before the advent of the telescope, from stars and constellations to the position of our own sun. The second considers discoveries made within our own solar system, from the phases of Venus and the moons of Jupiter to the comets and asteroids at its distant frontier. The next section delves into discoveries of the dynamic universe, like gravitation, relativity, pulsars, and black holes. A fourth examines discoveries made within our own galaxy, from interstellar nebulae and supernovae to Cepheid variable stars and extrasolar planets. Next the author turns to discoveries made within the deepest recesses of the universe, like quasars, supermassive black holes, and gamma ray bursters. In the end, he unveils where astronomy still teeters on the edge of discovery, considering dark matter and alien life
Full meridian of glory : perilous adventures in the competition to measure the Earth by Paul Murdin( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Full Meridian of Glory is the first English language story of the scientists who created the Paris Meridian. They collaborated and worked together in alliances like scientists everywhere; they also split into warring factions. They transcended national and political disputes, as scientists do now, their eyes fixed on ideals of accuracy, truth and objectivity. Yet also when their work served national interests they were sometimes less than neutral, and if their work was questioned they sometimes blindly descended into petty politics." "This book tells the story of the adventures in France, in Spain, in Lapland, and in Ecuador of the scientists who worked through revolution, war, rebellion, piracy, fire, shipwreck, blockade, snow, tropical heat, kidnapping, murder, and turbulent love affairs to pursue a problem of map making. They turned that practical problem into a crucial scientific test of one of the most important intellectual problems of their time - Newton's theory of universal gravitation. Their work changed their own lives, affected the course of science and politics, and left its mark on the landscape, art and literature of history and in our own age."--Jacket
Supernovae by Paul Murdin( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are we being watched? : the search for life in the cosmos by Paul Murdin( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murdin invites readers to join him in exploring an extraordinary array of evidence on how life developed on Earth, and how it could have developed on other planets. He examines who forms it might take, and how likely we are to be able to communicate with aliens if we do make contact
End in fire : the supernova in the large magellanic cloud by Paul Murdin( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock legends : the asteroids and their discoverers by Paul Murdin( )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book relates the history of asteroid discoveries and christenings, from those of the early pioneering giants of Hersehel and Piazzi to modern-day amateurs. Moving from history and anecdotal information to science, the book's structure is provided by the names of the asteroids, including one named after the author. Free from a need to conform to scientific naming conventions, the names evidence hero-worship, sycophancy, avarice, vanity, whimsy, erudition and wit, revealing the human side of astronomers, especially where controversy has followed the christening. Murdin draws from extensive historical records to explore the debate over these names. Each age reveals its own biases and preferences in the naming process. Originally regarded as "vermin of the skies," asteroids are minor planets, rocky scraps left over from the formation of the larger planets, or broken fragments of worlds that have collided. Their scientific classification as "minor" planets makes them seem unimportant, but over the past decades asteroids have been acknowledged to be key players in the Solar System. This view of their starring role even alters the trajectories of spacecraft: NASA's policy for new space missions en route to the outer planets is that they must divert to study passing asteroids whenever possible. This book provides for readers a complete tour of the fascinating world of asteroids." -- Provided by publisher
The new astronomy : black holes, white dwarfs, pulsars, quasars and supernovae, how the new astronomy is changing our concepts of the universe by Paul Murdin( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planetary vistas : the landscapes of other worlds by Paul Murdin( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Recent advances in space exploration imaging have allowed us to now have landscapes never before possible, and this book collects some of the greatest views and vistas of Mars, Venus's Titan, Io and more in their full glory, with background information to put into context the foreign landforms of our solar system."--Page [4] cover
Handbook of supernovae( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering the universe : the story of astronomy by Paul Murdin( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This illustrated history of astronomy features both photographs and historical and contemporary documents from the archives of astronomical institutions, including NASA
A discovery of new worlds by Fontenelle( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this charming and witty dialogue translated by the first professional woman writer in English, a 17th century astronomer staying at the chateau of a beautiful Marchioness accompanies her into her garden at night and introduces her to the new discoveries of astronomy. Although more than 300 years old, Fontenelle's dialogues in a garden over five nights are still a surprisingly painless way to learn about the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars, even though new planets were later discovered and modern science has filled out many details Fontenelle could not have known. Only the confidence with which he discusses inhabitants of the planets, the moon, and even the sun is now seen as misplaced. This is no lecture, but a conversation with the cut and thrust of intelligent argument as the Marchioness challenges each of the astronomer's assertions and requires him to explain the evidence. Fontenelle's work has been through the hands of many different translators, but Aphra Behn's translation, one of the earliest, adds the feminine wit of a leading dramatist to the work, in the first modern edition of this translation."--P. [2] of cover
Mapping the universe : the interactive history of astronomy by Paul Murdin( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of astronomy from ancient times to the twenty-first century, describing the many methods people have used to observe the night sky and record their findings
Die Kartenmacher : der Wettstreit um die Vermessung der Welt by Paul Murdin( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Canopus encyclopedia of astronomy( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De astronoom en de gazelle : een historische roman gebaseerd op de avonturen van de sterrenkundige François Arago by Paul Murdin( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Dutch and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

François Arago (1786-1853), een Franse astronoom, vertrekt in 1806 met enkele collega's naar Spanje om de meridiaan van Parijs op te meten. Ze belanden daar in het strijdgewoel tussen Fransen en Spanjaarden
L'histoire de l'astronomie by Paul Murdin( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in French and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Firefly encyclopedia of astronomy
Encyclopedia of astronomy and astrophysicsSecrets of the universe : how we discovered the cosmosFull meridian of glory : perilous adventures in the competition to measure the EarthSupernovaeMapping the universe : the interactive history of astronomyThe Canopus encyclopedia of astronomy
Alternative Names
Murdin, P.

Murdin, P. G.

Murdin, P. G. (Paul Geoffrey)

Murdin, P. (Paul Geoffrey)

Murdin, Paul G.

Murdin Paul G. 1942-....

マーディン, P.

マーディン, ポール

English (158)

German (7)

French (3)

Dutch (3)

Japanese (2)