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Levy, David H. 1948-

Works: 133 works in 513 publications in 8 languages and 14,870 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Biographies  Popular works  Juvenile works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Charts, diagrams, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, htt
Classifications: QB64, 520
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Most widely held works about David H Levy
Most widely held works by David H Levy
Skywatching by David H Levy( Book )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a comprehensive guide to the magic and mystery of the heavens, from the glow of the night's first star to the splendor of distant galaxies
David Levy's guide to eclipses, transits, and occultations by David H Levy( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this simple guide, David Levy inspires readers to experience the wonder of eclipses and other transient astronomical events for themselves. Covering both solar and lunar eclipses, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to observe and photograph eclipses. As well as explaining the science behind eclipses, the book also gives their historical background, discussing how they were observed in the past and what we have learned from them. This personal account contains examples from the 77 eclipses the author has witnessed himself. The guide also includes chapters on occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and of asteroids by stars, and the transits of Mercury and Venus. Tables of future eclipses make this invaluable for anyone, from beginners to practised observers, wanting to learn more about these fascinating events"--
Comets : creators and destroyers by David H Levy( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With fascinating scenarios, both real and imagined, [the author] shows how comets have wreaked their special havoc on Earth and other planets."--Cover
Stars & planets by David H Levy( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an overview of the solar system and its various parts, as well as such other related topics as stars, galaxies, telescopes and observatories, and more
Shoemaker by Levy : the man who made an impact by David H Levy( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work offers an insight into the life and work of Eugene Shoemaker, the famous scientist who, in 1993 together with David Levy, discovered one of the most remarkable comets ever recorded; Shoemaker-Levy 9, with its several neclei, 5 tails and two sheets of debris
Impact Jupiter : the crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 by David H Levy( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amateur astronomer and Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet co-discoverer David Levy recounts the story of the crash of the comet into the surface of Jupiter on July 16, 1994, and what the celestial impact taught scientists and the world
The quest for comets : an explosive trail of beauty and danger by David H Levy( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brilliant trailing beauty of fiery comets has inspired fear, wonder, and awe since the dawn of human history. Brighter than stars, moving and disappearing in their own singular orbits, comets have been among the most mysterious elements in the sky, eluding our understanding until very recently. With the aid of space probes, scientists have discovered that these swiftly moving chunks of ice and carbon are more plentiful and far more dangerous than suspected. Scientists are also beginning to realize the monumental role played by comets in the development of the Earth and solar system. David Levy describes in dramatic detail the thrilling yet often devastating effects of comet collisions. In the dawn of our solar system, the Earth was barraged with comets that may have carried the materials necessary to lay the foundations for life on this planet. Levy also presents compelling evidence for later comet collisions, including those of the age of dinosaurs. Great impacts, Levy asserts, not only caused the extinction of the dinesaurs, but ushered in new species of life. As Levy so clearly explains, scientists are realizing that comet collisions are virtually inevitable. Levy reveals possible future collisions with the Earth and describes the terrible risks to life they would pose. He even shows how we might prepare to withstand the impact of large comets in the future
Cosmic discoveries : the wonders of astronomy by David H Levy( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Galileo's breathtaking discovery of the moons of Jupiter to the advent of the Hubble Space Telescope, Levy's new history of cosmic discoveries inspires all who have stared at the sky in awe and amazement
The sky : a userʼs guide by David H Levy( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scientific American book of the cosmos by David H Levy( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines our solar system and galaxy and other parts of the universe and describes our attempts to study and explore space
Sharing the sky : a parent's and teacher's guide to astronomy by David H Levy( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the perfect guide for the parent or teacher who wishes to introduce to young people the awesome delights of the universe. Contrary to popular wisdom, the daytime sky, as well as the nighttime sky, contains riches to explore. Sharing the Sky engagingly shows us how to "observe" the sun safely, how to "star-hop"--As in jumping from the Big Dipper to Scorpius, how to search for mysteries amid the deep craters of the moon, how to explore the magnificence of our neighboring planets, how to answer the science questions most often asked by children and how to explain why the history of comets, meteors, and asteroids is so enmeshed with the saga of dinosaurs and human evolution. A special, handsomely illustrated section devoted to the colorful legends of the zodiac and the constellations will enchant children and adults alike
Observing variable stars : a guide for the beginner by David H Levy( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Levy's entertaining, well-researched book is aimed at the amateur enthusiast who likes to learn enjoyably. Beginning with advice on binoculars and telescopes, and how to observe the night sky effectively, the author goes on to describe thoroughly the field of variable star observation, a field in which amateurs have made important contributions. He shows how to interpret variations in light output in terms of the life of a star, from birth through to sometimes violent death. All of the major variable stars are described and classified, as well as other variable objects such as active galaxies, asteroids, comets and the sun. The book also contains a guide to the seasonal night sky. Throughout, practical observations serve to complement the text, producing an exciting, very readable introduction to this fascinating subject
Deep sky objects : the best and brightest from four decades of comet chasing by David H Levy( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to examining night sky objects beyond the moon and planets. Many of the objects are accompanied by personal anecdotes and successes and failures. and many can be viewed from backyards, including comets and the Milky Way
David Levy's guide to the night sky by David H Levy( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If, as Immanuel Kant once said, we are guided by the starry sky above and the moral law within, then, thanks to David Levy, we can now conceptualize Kant's adage at least half-way. David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky is designed to satisfy observers who have just become interested in the sky and want to navigate their way around it. By stirring the imagination and putting observation in a framework of personal adventure, Levy explains how to discover the Moon, planets, comets, meteors, and distant galaxies through a small telescope. Fully updated, the new edition includes: -- A new section on the computer-controlled telescopes and how to use this new technology; -- Two new chapters on how charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have revolutionized the art of astronomical observation; -- An explanation of how a new variable star is discovered and studied, based on Levy's personal experience Levy explores topics as diverse as the features of the Moon from night to night; how to observe constellations from both urban and rural observation sites; how best to view the stars, nebulae, and galaxies; and how to map the sky
The sky in early modern English literature : a study of allusions to celestial events in Elizabethan and Jacobean writing, 1572-1620. by David H Levy( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a dissertation gets completed, the normal rule is that it is never read. By anyone. David H. Levy's dissertation - The Sky in Early Modern English Literature: A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1620 - is different. It opens a whole new interdisciplinary field, which involves the beautiful relationship between the night sky and the works of the early modern period of English Literature. Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, the period involving William Shakespeare and his colleagues is particularly rich. When Shakespeare was about 8 years old, his father probably took him outside his Stratford home into their northward-facing back yard. There, father and son gazed upon the first great new star visible in the past 500 years, shining forth as brightly as Venus, and even visible in daylight. This new star, which we now know as a supernova, completely unhinged old ideas about the cosmos. Combined with a parade of bright comets, a second bright new star in 1604, and a series of eclipses, people began to look at the sky more seriously. In this book, Levy explores how the sky of that period was reflected in its literature. Levy's ultimate goal in this book is to inspire his readers to do the same thing as their ancestors did so long ago--look at the sky and appreciate how those long-gone authors read the sky
The man who sold the Milky Way : a biography of Bart Bok by David H Levy( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Distinguished researcher, teacher, and lecturer, Bok began his professional career at the University of Leiden. In 1929 he became Wilson Fellow in astronomy at Harvard University and by 1946 was associate director of the Harvard Observatory. He moved on to the Australian National University in 1957, and in 1966 became Head of the Department of Astronomy and Director of Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona." "Bok was keen on educating the public, whether informing people about the Milky Way or debunking astrology. "Bart Bok always loved to talk about astronomy's big picture," observes Levy, "and in his lifetime of commitment to the Milky Way, he had seen that picture evolve."" "The Man Who Sold The Milky Way faithfully recounts that commitment. David Levy reviews Bok's career and marriage to Priscilla Fairfield, including a touching chapter on how he dealt with his wife's final illness. In reviewing the achievements that made Bok one of the paramount astronomers of the twentieth century, Levy also describes the harassment by Senator Joseph McCarthy of Bok and his colleagues during the 1950s and the events that forced him to leave Harvard." "Drawing on more than fifty interviews with Bok over the two years before his death, Levy has written a biography that was first undertaken over Bok's protests but later gained his full cooperation. It not only shows what made Bok an exceptional scientist but also what it was like to be an astronomer in an era of significant progress in that field."--Jacket
David Levy's guide to observing and discovering comets by David H Levy( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Levy has held a lifelong passion for comets, and is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. In this book he describes the observing techniques that have been developed over the years - from visual observations and searching, to photography, to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). He combines a history of comet hunting with accounts of the latest techniques, showing how our understanding of comets has evolved over time." "The book is suitable as a practical handbook for amateur astronomers, from those who are casually interested in comets and how to observe them, to those who want to begin and expand an observing program of their own. David Levy draws widely from his own experiences of a lifetime of observing comets, describing how enthusiastic amateurs can observe comets and try to make new discoveries themselves."--BOOK JACKET
David Levy's guide to observing meteor showers by David H Levy( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meteors occur when a meteoroid, a speck of dust in space, enters the Earth's atmosphere. The heat generated when this happens causes the surrounding air to glow, resulting in 'shooting stars'. During the most spectacular meteor storms larger particles give rise to fireballs and firework-like displays!" "Meteors are a delightful observing field - they do not require a telescope, and they can be seen on any clear night of the year, even in bright twilight. It was the sight of a single meteor that inspired David Levy to go into astronomy, and in this book he encourages readers to go outside and witness these wonderful events for themselves. This book is a step-by-step guide to observing meteors and meteor showers. Any necessary science is explained simply and in clearly understandable terms. This is a perfect introduction to observing meteors, and is ideal for both seasoned and budding astronomers."--Jacket
Starry night : astronomers and poets read the sky by David H Levy( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the centuries the starry night sky has inspired scientists and poets alike, and though the fruits of these inspirations take very different forms, they often enrich each other. Acclaimed science writer David Levy, codiscoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and science editor of Parade magazine, traces the works of great poets - Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Shelley, and others - and shows how they were influenced not only by the beauty of the heavens but also by the discoveries of their times."--Jacket
David Levy's guide to variable stars by David H Levy( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this highly accessible book David Levy teaches the reader how variable stars work, and how to observe them. Using simple, non-technical terms, he explains how to get started with electronic (or CCD) observing, as well as how to observe variable stars visually through a small telescope or binoculars. Including a section on Southern Hemisphere stars, the book covers various types of object that can be observed by amateur astronomers, including more exotic phenomena like gamma-ray bursts, blazers, and polars. This book will serve to motivate anyone with even a basic interest in astronomy to begin observing these fascinating objects."--BOOK JACKET
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David Levy's guide to eclipses, transits, and occultationsComets : creators and destroyersStars & planetsShoemaker by Levy : the man who made an impactImpact Jupiter : the crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9The quest for comets : an explosive trail of beauty and dangerCosmic discoveries : the wonders of astronomyThe sky : a userʼs guide
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David H. Levy Amerikaans astronoom

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Леви, Дэвид канадский астроном и научный журналист

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