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Measuring the universe : cosmic dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley

Author: Albert Van Helden
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.
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Measuring the Universe is the first history of the evolution of cosmic dimensions, from the work of Eratosthenes and Aristarchus in the third century B.C. to the efforts of Edmond Halley (1656--1742). "Van Helden's authoritative treatment is concise and informative; he refers to numerous sources of information, draws on the discoveries of modern scholarship, and presents the first book-length treatment of this  Read more...
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Van Helden, Albert.
Measuring the universe.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985
(DLC) 84016397
(OCoLC)11887766
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Van Helden
ISBN: 9780226848907 0226848906
OCLC Number: 699510397
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 203 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Acknowledgments; 1. Shared Expectations; 2. The Beginnings: Aristarchus and Hipparchus; 3. Ptolemy; 4. The Ptolemaic System Enshrined; 5. Copernicus and Tycho; 6. Young Kepler; 7. Galileo and the Telescope; 8. Kepler's Synthesis; 9. Gassendi, Hortensius, and the Transit of Mercury of 1631; 10. From Horrocks to Riccioli; 11. The Micrometer from Huygens to Flamsteed; 12. Cassini, Flamsteed, and the New Measure; 13. The New Consensus and Halley's Legacy; 14. Conclusion: Measurement, Theory, and Speculation; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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Measuring the Universe is the first history of the evolution of cosmic dimensions, from the work of Eratosthenes and Aristarchus in the third century B.C. to the efforts of Edmond Halley (1656--1742). "Van Helden's authoritative treatment is concise and informative; he refers to numerous sources of information, draws on the discoveries of modern scholarship, and presents the first book-length treatment of this exceedingly important branch of science."--Edward Harrison, American Journal of Physics. "Van Helden writes well, with a flair for clear explanation. I warmly recommend this.

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