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Physics and Astronomy

Internet Resources
AstroWeb: Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet.
A simply designed but comprehensive site that lists resources for astronomers, including information on observations, data, publications, people, and research.

The Astronomy Café.
A creative site maintained by a NASA scientist, Dr. Sten Odenwald, who brings astronomy to every researcher's level. The site is a useful introduction to the field, with a mix of anthropological and scientific approaches. "Ask the Astronomer" lists more than 3,000 questions sent to Dr. Odenwald and their answers.

The Internet Pilot to Physics.
Selected physics links from around the world of interest to scientists, teachers, and students. The site also includes a database of physics departments, bulletin boards, and notification services. Multimedia features demonstrate how certain physics rules and concepts work.

Provides information gathered by NASA and its affiliates, with daily news stories on current astronomical events, data received from space probes, and the latest information on shuttle launches. The site is a good place to find out what is happening in space now.

The NASA Astrophysics Data System.
Provides a searchable database of abstracts for astrophysics papers divided into categories such as "Astronomy and Astrophysics," "Instrumentation," "Physics and Geophysics," and "Los Alamos Preprint Server." The site, funded by NASA and maintained by Harvard personnel and professors, also provides access to the full text of articles and translations of abstracts written in different languages.


Library Resources
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992.
A handbook of current information in astronomy and astrophysics.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. New York: Crown, 1977.
A topical survey of astronomy geared to the interested layperson. Arranged by broad topics.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Boca Raton: CRC, 1913-.
A compilation of formulas, tables, lists, and charts of interest to scientists; updated annually.

Encyclopedia of Physics. 2nd ed. New York: VCH, 1990.
Provides brief discussions of basic concepts in physics.

Information Sources in Physics.
3rd ed. London: Bowker Saur, 1994.

A guide to reference resources in physics, arranged in chapters by subdisciplines. Each chapter is written by an expert. Especially helpful is the chapter explaining the scope of physics literature.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics.
4 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 1996.

Covers laws, concepts, fundamental theories, and the lives and work of imporant physicists throughout history.

A Physicist's Desk Reference. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1989.
A concise source of tables, formulas, and bibliographies in 22 subdisciplines related to physics.

Physics Abstracts. London: IEEE, 1941-.
Covers the research literature of the field, providing abstracts. Available in an online format as INSPEC.

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