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Starlight detectives : how astronomers, inventors, and eccentrics discovered the modern universe

Author: Alan Hirshfeld
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The path to a broader mode of cosmic observation was blazed by a cadre of nineteenth-century amateur astronomers and inventors, galvanized by the advent of photography, spectral analysis, and innovative technology to create the entirely new field of astrophysics. From William Bond, who turned his home into a functional observatory, to John and Henry Draper, a father and son team who were trailblazers of  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Hirshfeld
ISBN: 1934137790 9781934137796
OCLC Number: 885012864
Description: 1 online resource (399 pages :) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: PICTURING THE HEAVENS --
Ch. 1: True Eye and Faithful Hand --
Ch. 2: The Ingenious Mechanic of Dorchester --
Ch. 3: Writing with Light --
Ch. 4: Summits of Silver --
Ch. 5: The Man with the Oil-Can --
Ch. 6: The Evangelists --
Ch. 7: The Aristocrat and the Artisan --
Ch. 8: Passion Is Good, Obsession is Better --
Ch. 9: From Closet to Cosmos --
Ch. 10: Leaves of Glass --
Ch. 11: The Grandest Failure --
Ch. 12: An Uncivil War. Part II: SEEING THE LIGHT --
Ch. 13: The Odd Couple --
Ch. 14: What's My Line? --
Ch. 15: Laboratories of Light --
Chapter 16: Deconstructing the Sun --
Chapter 17: A Strange Cryptography --
Ch. 18: Trumpets and Telescopes --
Ch. 19: Burn This Note --
Ch. 20: A Spectacle of Suns --
Ch. 21: The Cloud That Wasn't There --
Ch. 22: The Union of Two Astronomies. Part III: MONEY, MIRRORS, AND MADNESS --
Ch. 23: Mr. Hale of Chicago --
Ch. 24: The Universe in the Mirror --
Ch. 25: Threads to a Web --
Ch. 26: Size Matters --
Ch. 27: A Night to Remember --
Ch. 28: Oculis Subjecta Fidelibus --
Epilogue --
References --
Appendices: Time Line --
Glossary of Names.
Responsibility: Alan Hirshfeld.

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