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The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical history

Author: Owen Gingerich
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Sky Pub. Corp. ; Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Gingerich
ISBN: 0521326885 9780521326889
OCLC Number: 22709219
Notes: Essays originally published in various journals.
Description: xii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Ancient Egyptian sky magic --
The origin of the zodiac --
The basic astronomy of Stonehenge --
Some puzzles of Ptolemy's star catalog --
Ptolemy and the mavrick motion of Mercury --
How astronomers finally captured Mercury --
Islamic astronomy --
The astronomy of Alfonso the Wise --
From Aristarchus to Copernicus --
The great Copernicus chase --
The Tower of the Winds and the Gregorian calendar --
Tycho Brahe and the Great Comet of 1577 --
Galileo and the phases of Venus --
The Galileo affair --
Johannes Kepler and the Rudolphine tables --
An astrolabe from Lahore --
Fake astrolabes --Newton, Halley, and the comet --
Eighteenth-century eclipse paths --
The 1784 autobiography of William Herschel --
The great comet that never came --
Unlocking the chemical secrets of the cosmos --
The discovery of the satellites of Mars --
The first photograph of a nebula --
The Great Comet and the 'Carte" --
James Lick and the founding of Lick Observatory. Atget's eclipse watchers --
Faintness means farness --
The mysterious nebulae, 1610-1924 --
Harlow Shaply and the Cepheids --
A search for Russell's original diagram --
Dreyer and Tycho's world system --
Robert Trumpler and the dustiness of space --
The discovery of the Milky Way's spiral arms --
The Great Comet of 1965 --
Albert Einstein : a laboratory in the mind.
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