Institute of Astronomy

Library News

Famous astronomy books in exhibition to celebrate 600 years of Cambridge University Library

Published on 15/03/2016 

Some of the most famous books in the history of astronomy are currently on display in the exhibition centre of the University Library.  These include a copy of the 'De Revolutionibus' of Copernicus (1543) and the copy of 'Principia' (1687) that belonged to Isaac Newton himself!  There are several other old astronomical volumes on display, and also some more modern items illustrating the work of Arthur Eddington on gravity, and the discovery of Pulsars in Cambridge.

A Treasure Restored

Published on 02/03/2016 

One of the IoA Library's great treasures has recently returned from J.S. Wilson & Son bookbinders where it had been restored.

The book, Almagestum Novum, was written by the Italian astronomer and Jesuit Giovani Batista Riccioli (who lived 1598-1671).  Riccioli, worked in Parma and in Bologna, as a theologian, astronomer and early physicist, making experiments on pendulums and falling bodies.

New Books for March

Published on 01/03/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during March.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

E-Books of the European Astronomical Society (EAS)

Published on 23/02/2016 

We now have full access to the publications of the European Astronomical Society (EAS), published since 2001, there are about seventy volumes in total.  For access click HERE

New Books Display for February 2016

Published on 01/02/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during February.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

The Interstellar Medium, Expanding Nebulae and Triggered Star  Formation: Theory and Simulations / Thomas G. Bisbas  Cham: Springer, 2016  Springer Briefs in Astronomy  ISBN 9783319261409  (54/BIS)

New Books: January 2016

Published on 12/01/2016 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during January.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

David W. Dewhirst (1926-2012)

Published on 08/01/2016 

IoA astronomer David W. Dewhirst (1926-2012) has been recognised by an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).  The entry, written by Simon Mitton, records David's many contributions to astronomy. 

Apart from numerous trips to observatories abroad, David's entire career was based in Cambridge, he started as an undergraduate at Christ's College in 1944, and obtained a postion at the Cambridge Observatory in 1950.

Christmas - New Year Closure

Published on 24/12/2015 

The Library will close on Thursday 24th December 2015 at 12.00hrs.  We will reopen on Monday 4th January 2016 at 09.00hrs.

We wish you all A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

New Books for December

Published on 03/12/2015 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during December.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

Multi-Wavelength Studies of Pulsars and Their Companions / John Antoniadis Cham: Springer, 2015  Springer Theses  ISBN 9783319098968  (58/ANT)

New books for November

Published on 02/11/2015 

These new books will be on display in the Hoyle Building Library Area during November.  You are welcome to have a look at them, but please don't take them away!  There is a clipboard underneath the display where you can reserve books and they will be delivered to you at the end of the month.

The Unknown Universe in 10 chapters / Stuart Clark  London: Head of Zeus, 2015  ISBN 9781781855744  (11/CLA)