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The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Neil F. Comins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177542
eISBN:
9780231542890
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177542.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part ... More


Some ABCs of Graphs and Games

Jennifer Beineke and Lowell Beineke

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0004
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explores some objects in which graphs have a role, some explicit, some not obvious. These graphical objects are presented as mathematical exhibits at a museum. The chapter starts with ... More


Law and Catastrophe

Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804756839
eISBN:
9780804768344
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804756839.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

The study of catastrophe is a growth industry. Today, cosmologists scan the heavens for asteroids of the kind that smashed into earth some ninety million years ago, leading to the swift extinction of ... More


The Fast Track into the Future

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126050
eISBN:
9780813135410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Three months after the Civil War, in Saratoga Springs, New York the richest people were joining an eclectic collection of gamblers, horsemen, and social hangers-on in the daily rounds of mineral ... More


What Happened to the Asteroid Belt?

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton

in From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175706
eISBN:
9781400885565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the nature and composition of the asteroid belt. Although little is known about most of the individual members of the asteroid belt, astronomers have a good idea how much ... More


Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity

Daniel Deudney

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190903343
eISBN:
9780190090241
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190903343.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Dark Skies is the first work to assess the full impacts of space expansion, past, present, and future. Thinking about space, and the visions fervently promoted by the global space movement, is ... More


The Need for Forbearance in Space Resource Exploitation

James S.J. Schwartz

in The Value of Science in Space Exploration

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190069063
eISBN:
9780190069094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190069063.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter argues that space resource exploitation should not be encouraged through enabling legislation. It discusses the legal context of space exploitation, rejecting oft-repeated promises that ... More


Science and the Solar System Over Easy

Neil F. Comins

in The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177542
eISBN:
9780231542890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177542.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter defines some essential terms, such as "space" and paints the big picture of our neighborhood of space, what is in our astronomical neighborhood, and what places in it we will be able to ... More


Experiences by Destination

Neil F. Comins

in The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231177542
eISBN:
9780231542890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231177542.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Using a variety of pictures taken on the Moon, on Mars, and on nearby asteroids and comets, this chapter explores a variety of locations that space tourists might find especially interesting.


Introduction

Richard A. Posner

in Title Pages

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195178135
eISBN:
9780197562444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195178135.003.0003
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

You wouldn’t see the asteroid, even though it was several miles in diameter, because it would be hurtling toward you at 15 to 25 miles a second. At that speed, the ... More


How to evaluate the catastrophic risks and the possible responses to them

Richard A. Posner

in Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195178135
eISBN:
9780197562444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195178135.003.0006
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

To deal in a systematic way with the catastrophic risks identified in chapter 1 requires first assessing them and then devising and implementing sensible responses. ... More


Death Star or Coherent Catastrophism?

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0014
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

Our instinct for survival drives us to learn as much as possible about what goes on around us. The better we understand nature, the better we will be able to predict ... More


Offering Odds on Impact

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0016
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

There is no doubt that the earth continues to be struck by objects from space. Most of the impactors are very tiny, such as those that produce common meteor trails, ... More


The Search

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0019
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

The earth orbits the sun in a veritable swarm of asteroids that have the nasty habit of occasionally slamming into the planet. To add to the potential danger, comets ... More


Super-volcanism and other geophysical processes of catastrophic import

Michael R. Rampino

in Global Catastrophic Risks

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198570509
eISBN:
9780191918100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198570509.003.0015
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

In order to classify volcanic eruptions and their potential effects on the atmosphere, Newhall and Self (1982) proposed a scale of explosive magnitude, the ... More


Solar System Debris

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0006
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

The object that slammed into the earth to precipitate the dinosaur demise was no stranger to the solar system; it had been lurking about its outer regions ever since ... More


Evolution theory and the future of humanity

Christopher Wills

in Global Catastrophic Risks

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198570509
eISBN:
9780191918100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198570509.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

No field of science has cast more light on both the past and the future of our species than evolutionary biology. Recently, the pace of new discoveries ... More


Visioneering Technological Futures

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explores how and why a select group of scientists and engineers developed their broad and expansive visions of how the future could ... More


Scientific Disciplines in Isolation, 2: Those with Less Obvious Connections to Nuclear War

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Nuclear war analysts often compared nuclear detonations to volcanic eruptions. The connection between volcanic eruptions and climatic changes, suggested long ago by Benjamin Franklin and others, ... More


The Astronomical Society of Glasgow

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

Local interest in astronomy has always been strong in Glasgow. This chapter covers stories of public movements of 1808 and 1836 both leading to the building of two observatories. Towards the end of ... More


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