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Further Adventures of the Celestial Sleuth


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Preface.- Foreword.- Acknowledgements.- Part I: Astronomy in Art.- Chapter 1: Monet in London, J. M. W. Turner, and Ford Madox Brown.- Chapter 2: Monet in Etretat, Edouard Manet, and Vincent van Gogh.- Chapter 3: Caspar David Friedrich, Canaletto, and Edvard Munch.- Chapter 4: Monet in Le Havre: Origins of Impressionism.- Chapter 5: VJ Day Times Square Kiss, and Ansel Adams in Alaska.- Part II: Astronomy in History.- Chapter 6: Braveheart and the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the Discovery of the Ring Nebula, and the 1913 Great Meteor Procession.- Chapter 7: World War II and the Korean War.- Part III: Astronomy in Literature.- Chapter 8: Literary Skies Before 1800.- Chapter 9: Literary Skies After 1800.- Part IV: The Terrestrial Sleuth.- Chapter 10: J.M.W. Turner and the Great Western Railway, and John Everett Millais and an Ancient Oak.- Index.

About the Author

Donald W. Olson has been a professor of physics and astronomy at Texas State University since 1981. He received his B. S. (Physics) from Michigan State University and a Ph. D. (Physics) from the University of California at Berkeley, then went on to conduct post-doctoral research at Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin.
At Texas State University, Olson teaches an Honors College course linking science and the humanities, and the Texas State group has published more than 50 articles using astronomy to solve mysteries from art, history, and literature.
In 2014, the American Association of Physics Teachers honored Olson with the Paul Klopsteg Award, which recognizes outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics and astronomy to the general public. In 2015, Olson was named a Regents' Professor, the highest honor of the Texas State University system.


"I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as i enjoyed the original celestial sleuth, partly because some of my own work involves answering astronomical queries posed by other scientists, historians, and the general is very satisfying to be able to use your knowledge of astronomy and physics to help people answer their questions and gain an understanding of their problem." (Steve Bell, The Observatory, Vol. 139 (1268), February, 2019)

"Astronomer Olson (Texas State Univ.) has extended his `forensic astronomy' to tackle a new set of mysteries. Using tools such as a wide array of historical documents, railway timetables, weather reports ... he and his team of students seek to solve open questions that involve some facet of astronomy. ... Extremely well illustrated with appropriate references for each chapter, this text describes the processes used to solve these and many other questions. ... Recommended. Undergraduates and general readers." (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 56 (1), September, 2018)

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