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Starlight Detectives : How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe.

Author: Alan Hirshfeld
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist 2014.
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In 1929, Edwin Hubble announced the greatest discovery in the history of astronomy since Galileo first turned a telescope to the heavens. The galaxies, previously believed to float serenely in the void, are in fact hurtling apart at an incredible speed: the universe is expanding. This stunning discovery was the culmination of a decades-long arc of scientific and technical advancement. In its shadow lies an untold,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Hirshfeld
ISBN: 1934137782 9781934137789
OCLC Number: 957275822
Description: 397 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: IntroductionProloguePart I: Picturing the Heavens1. Writing with Light 2. True Eye and Faithful Hand 3. The Ingenious Mechanic of Dorchester 4. Summits of Silver 5. The Man with the Oil-Can 6. The Evangelists 7. The Aristocrat and the Artisan 8. Passion is Good, Obsession is Better 9. From Closet to Cosmos 10. Leaves of Glass 11. The Grandest Failure 12. An Uncivil War Part II: Seeing the Light 13. The Odd Couple 14. What's My Line? 15. Laboratory of Light 16. Deconstructing the Sun 17. A Strange Cryptography 18. Trumpets and Telescopes 19. Burn This Note 20. A Spectacle of Suns 21. The Cloud That Wasn't There 22. The Union of Two AstronomiesPart III: Money, Mirrors, and Madness23. Mr. Hale of Chicago24. The Universe in the Mirror 25. Threads to a WebPart IV: Expanding Horizons26. Size Matters27. A Night to Remember28. Oculis subjecta fidelibusAppendixNotesBibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex

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