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Popular Astronomy

Star Maps

History, Artistry, and Cartography

Authors: Kanas, Nick

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  • Serves as an extensive reference book for map collectors, amateur astronomers, and historians of astronomy and art
  • Written with non-technical language accessible to anybody who wants to learn more about celestial mapping and astronomical history
  • Contains appendices with numerous resources for map collectors, such as contact information for dealers and auction houses, a supplementary reference catalog of important people in cartography, indices of major constellation atlases, and a thorough glossary
  • Features two new groundbreaking chapters, one on celestial pictorial maps for the collector, and the other on the use of celestial images in art for the amateur astronomer and art history buff
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Explore the beauty and awe of the heavens through the rich celestial prints and star atlases offered in this third edition book. The author traces the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times, describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases, and relates these notions to our changing ideas about humanity’s place in the universe. Also covered in this book are more contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances.

The text is enriched with 226 images (141 in color) from actual, antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of unique astronomical and cartographic features. This never-before-available hardcover edition includes two new chapters on pictorial style maps and celestial images in art, as well over 50 new images. Additionally, the color plates are now incorporated directly into the text, providing readers with a vibrant, immersive look into the history of star maps.

About the authors

Dr. Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the group therapy training program and wrote a book entitled Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients. For over 20 years, he conducted research in group therapy, and for over 15 years after that he was the Principal Investigator of NASA-funded psychological research on astronauts and cosmonauts. In 1999, Dr. Kanas received the Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine. In 2008, he received the International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Award. He has over 230 scientific publications.

Dr. Kanas is the coauthor of Space Psychology and Psychiatry (now in its 2nd edition), which won the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. In 2015, he authored Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles, which won the 2016 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. 
Dr. Kanas has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years. He has collected antiquarian celestial maps for over 30 years and has given talks on the history of celestial cartography to amateur and professional groups.  He is the author of Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (now in its 2nd edition), and Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age. An avid science fiction reader, Dr. Kanas has given talks and participated on panels at numerous World Science Fiction Conventions. He has published articles for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine and won the Analog AnLab 2015 readers’ poll award for Best Fact Article of the year. He has published three science fiction novels for the Springer Science and Fiction series: The New Martians, The Protos Mandate, and The Caloris Network. Except for his group therapy book, all of his books are published by Springer.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook 35,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-13613-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 44,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13612-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Star Maps
Book Subtitle
History, Artistry, and Cartography
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13613-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13613-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13612-3
Series ISSN
2626-8760
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 563
Number of Illustrations
81 b/w illustrations, 145 illustrations in colour
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