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Minding the heavens : the story of our discovery of the Milky Way

Author: Leila Belkora
Publisher: Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today we are used to the idea that we live on a planet circling the sun, that our sun is just one of billions of stars in the galaxy we call the Milky Way, and that our galaxy is but one of billions born out of the big bang. Yet as recently as the early twentieth century the general public and even astronomers had vague and confused notions about what lay beyond the visible stars." "This book is about how we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leila Belkora
ISBN: 0750307307 9780750307307 1420033921 9781420033922
OCLC Number: 51482227
Description: x, 406 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The naked-eye view of the sky --
Thomas Wright: visionary of stellar systems --
William Herschel: natural historian of the universe --
Wilhelm Struve: seeker of parallax --
William Huggins: pioneer of the new astronomy --
Jacobus Kapteyn: mastermind without a telescope --
Harlow Shapley: champion of the big galaxy --
Edwin Hubble: redeemer of island universes --
The Milky Way revealed.
Responsibility: Leila Belkora.
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"The book is extremely good. It treats the subject matter in an unusual way and I learned a good deal from it! There are dozens of books about Herschel and Hubble, but not Wright or Kapteyn, and all Read more...

 
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