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Sheehan, William 1954-

Overview
Works: 27 works in 165 publications in 1 language and 7,290 library holdings
Genres: History  Observations  Trivia and miscellanea  Biography  Popular works  Pictorial works  Biographies  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by William Sheehan
The planet Mars : a history of observation & discovery by William Sheehan( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this timely and vividly written account, William Sheehan traces human fascination with Mars back to the naked-eye observers of the planet. He recalls the early telescopic observers who first made out enigmatic markings and polar caps on its surface. Through lively historical anecdotes, he describes in detail the debate over the so-called canals of Mars, which encouraged speculation that the planet might be inhabited. Finally, Sheehan describes more recent theories about the planet, leading up to the present, when unmanned spacecraft have enabled us to make giant strides in exploration." "Well documented and sparked with human interest, this book will be a useful companion and guide in interpreting the barrage of headlines about Mars that is sure to come over the next few years. Amateurs will appreciate the contributions that have been made to Martian studies by people like themselves, and professionals will find much original material that has never before been published."--Jacket
Mars : the lure of the red planet by William Sheehan( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all the planets in the solar system apart from Earth, Mars has always been regarded as the most likely to have nurtured life. Even nineteenth-century astronomers were obsessed with the possibility of life on the red planet. Recent discoveries have only added to the mystery. Was Mars once warmer and wetter than it is now? What was the source of the water that once ran rampant over the surface? Where did all the water go? Is it possible that the planet once harbored - or may still harbor - life?" "In this account of human-kind's love affair with the red planet, William Sheehan and Stephen James O'Meara trace the history of our fascination with Earth's neighbor in the solar system and look at the prospects for human spaceflight to Mars in this century. The authors portray the history of our explorations of Mars through the eyes of the dreamers and achievers who have made the planet such an integral part of the human psyche. They reveal the discoverers' hardships, their strength in the face of criticisms, and the glories of their successes."--Jacket
Worlds in the sky : planetary discovery from earliest times through Voyager and Magellan by William Sheehan( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Together scientific history, anecdotes surrounding planetary discoveries, and the personal reflections of an incurable amateur astronomer. He describes how we arrived at our current understanding of the Moon and the planets and shows how certain individuals in history shaped the world's knowledge about the Solar System. Placing historical observations in the context of recent discoveries, Sheehan questions whether these telescopic glimpses were revelations or more
In search of planet Vulcan : the ghost in Newton's clockwork universe by Richard Baum( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented for the first time in popular form is the fascinating true story of the search for the phantom planet Vulcan. As with legends of "the lost continent of Atlantis," scientists and dreamers alike have sought to prove that Vulcan is more than just a myth. Historians of astronomy Richard Baum and William Sheehan have combed the continents, digging through dusty letters and journals, to unravel this mysterious and captivating tale. The planet first assumed a shadowy
A passion for the planets : envisioning other worlds, from the Pleistocene to the age of the telescope by William Sheehan( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Astronomy is by far the most popular of the physical sciences, enticing enough to become a major cultural preoccupation for many, and for some an enthralling scientific activity which veritably rules their lives. What is the nature of that seemingly unstoppable attraction? In this lively and compelling account, William Sheehan, professional psychiatrist, noted historian of astronomy, and incurable observer - explores the nature of that allure through the story of man's visual exploration of the planets."--Back cover
Galactic encounters : our majestic and evolving star-system, from the Big Bang to time's end by William Sheehan( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of how astronomers have pieced together what is known about the vast and complicated systems of stars and dust known as galaxies. The first galaxies appeared as violently disturbed exotic objects when the Universe was only a few 100 million years old
The transits of Venus by William Sheehan( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Celestial shadows : eclipses, transits, and occultations by John Edward Westfall( )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of what is known about the universe comes from the study of celestial shadows{u2014}eclipses, transits, and occultations.{OCLCbr#A0} The most dramatic are total eclipses of the Sun, which constitute one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring events of nature.{OCLCbr#A0} Though once a source of consternation or dread, solar eclipses now lead thousands of amateur astronomers and eclipse-chasers to travel to remote points on the globe to savor their beauty and the adrenaline-rush of experiencing totality, and were long the only source of information about the hauntingly beautiful chromosphere and corona of the Sun. {OCLCbr#A0} Long before Columbus, the curved shadow of the Earth on the Moon during a lunar eclipse revealed that we inhabit a round world.{OCLCbr#A0}The rare and wonderful transits of Venus, which occur as it passes between the Earth and the Sun, inspired eighteenth century expeditions to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun, while the recent transits of 2004 and 2012 were the most widely observed ever--and still produced results of great{OCLCbr#A0}scientific value.{OCLCbr#A0} Eclipses, transits and occultations involving the planets, their satellites, asteroids and stars have helped astronomers to work out the dimensions and shapes of celestial objects{u2014}even, in some cases, hitherto unsuspected rings or atmospheres{u2014}and now transits have become leading tools for discovering and analyzing planets orbiting other stars. This book is a richly illustrated account of these dramatic and instructive astronomical phenomena. Westfall and Sheehan have produced a comprehensive study that includes historical details about past observations of celestial shadows, what we have learned from them, and how present-day observers{u2014}casual or serious{u2014}can get the most out of their own observations"--Page 4 of cover.{OCLCbr#A0}
Le Verrier, magnificent and detestable astronomer by James Lequeux( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also founded European meteorology. However his arrogance and bad temper created many enemies, and he was even fired from his position of Director of the Paris Observatory
Discovering Pluto : exploration at the edge of the solar system by Dale P Cruikshank( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Pluto and its largest moon, from discovery through the New Horizons flyby--Provided by publisher
Camille Flammarion's The planet Mars by Camille Flammarion( )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) began his career at 16 as a human computer under the great mathematician U.J.J. Le Verrier at the Paris Observatory. He soon tired of the drudgery; he was drawn to more romantic vistas, and at 19 wrote a book on an idea that he was to make his own--the habitability of other worlds. There followed a career as Frances greatest popularizer of astronomy, with over 60 titles to his credit. An admirer granted him a chateau at Juvisy-sur-lOrge, and he set up a first-rate observatory dedicated to the study of the planet Mars. Finally, in 1892, he published his masterpiece, La Planete Mars et ses conditions dhabitabilite, a comprehensive summary of three centuries worth of literature on Mars, much of it based on his own personal research into rare memoirs and archives. As a history of that era, it has never been surpassed, and remains one of a handful of indispensable books on the red planet. Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012) needs no introduction; his record
Planets & perception : telescopic views and interpretations, 1609-1909 by William Sheehan( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The immortal fire within : the life and work of Edward Emerson Barnard by William Sheehan( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This, the first full-length biography of Edward Emerson Barnard, tells the remarkable tale of endurance and achievement of one of the leading astronomers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As a 'man who was never known to sleep', Barnard scoured the heavens endlessly, leaving an astonishing legacy of observations - of planets, satellites, comets, double stars, bright and dark nebulae, and globular clusters - that make him one of the greatest observers of all time. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book includes many of Barnard's famous wide-field photographs of comets and the Milky Way. It provides a complete history of Barnard's fascinating life and work, based largely on archival material hitherto unpublished. It also offers unusual insight into the astronomers he knew and observatories with which he was associated and will be of interest to astronomers and historians of science
Jupiter by William Sheehan( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Majestic and untwinkling, Jupiter is the grandest of all planets. It is the largest planet in our solar system and among the brightest objects in the night sky. It shines with a noble, steady luster, and its calming presence has inspired humans for centuries. Jupiter was the "beloved star" of the first serious observers of the planets, the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians, and has inspired poetic utterances from eminent writers such as William Wordsworth and Walt Whitman. It also continues to inspire contemporary astronomers and stargazers, and this beautifully illustrated volume brings our understanding of Jupiter right up to date
Mercury by William Sheehan( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sun may be a mass of incandescent gas, but in the plasmatic reaches of its solar winds spins another seemingly glowing (but relatively minute) orb. The last of the five naked-eye planets discovered in ancient times, Mercury has long been an elusive, enigmatic world. As seen from the Earth, it never emerges far from the Sun, and astronomers in the telescopic era found it challenging to work out basic data such as its rotation period, the inclination of its axis, and whether or not it possessed an atmosphere."
Epic moon : a history of lunar exploration in the age of the telescope by William Sheehan( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Northern Arizona Space Training by Kevin Schindler( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1960s and early 1970s, northern Arizona played a critical role in fulfilling President Kennedy's bold challenge of sending humans to the moon. From the rocky depths of the Grand Canyon to lofty cosmic views from Flagstaff's dark skies, northern Arizona was ideal for activities ranging from moon buggy testing and geology training to lunar mapping and mission simulation. Every astronaut who walked on the moon, from Neil Armstrong to Gene Cernan, prepared for his journey in northern Arizona, and all used maps created by Flagstaff artists to navigate their way around the lunar surface. This book captures the spirit of these pioneers with stunning images from NASA, the US Geological Survey, and others
Le Verrie-- magnificent and detestable astronomer by James Lequeux( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Verrier was a superb scientist. His discovery of Neptune in 1846 made him the most famous astronomer of his time. He produced a complete theory of the motions of the planets which served as a basis for planetary ephemeris for a full century. Doing this, he discovered an anomaly in the motion of Mercury which later became the first proof of General Relativity. He also founded European meteorology. However his arrogance and bad temper created many enemies, and he was even fired from his position of Director of the Paris Observatory
John Couch Adams's Asperger syndrome and the British non-discovery of Neptune by William Sheehan( Book )

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

Celestial shadows - eclipses, transits, and occultations by William Sheehan( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The planet Mars : a history of observation & discovery
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Mars : the lure of the red planetIn search of planet Vulcan : the ghost in Newton's clockwork universeA passion for the planets : envisioning other worlds, from the Pleistocene to the age of the telescopeThe transits of VenusThe immortal fire within : the life and work of Edward Emerson Barnard
Alternative Names
Sheehan, William P. 1954-

Sheehan, William Patrick 1954-

Languages
English (157)