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Darkness at night : a riddle of the universe

Author: Edward Robert Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why is the sky dark at night? The answer to this ancient and celebrated riddle, says Edward Harrison, seems relatively simple: the sun has set and is now shining on the other side of the earth. But suppose we were space travelers and far from any star. Out in the depths of space the heavens would be dark, even darker than the sky seen from the earth on cloudless and moonless nights. For more than four centuries,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harrison, Edward Robert.
Darkness at night.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1987
(OCoLC)755248321
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Robert Harrison
ISBN: 0674192702 9780674192706 0674192710 9780674192713
OCLC Number: 15014985
Description: 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Why Is the Sky Dark at Night? --
The Riddle Begins --
Three Rival Systems --
Celestial Light --
The Starry Message --
The Riddle Develops --
The Cartesian System --
Newton's Needles and Halley's Shells --
A Forest of Stars --
The Misty Forest --
Worlds on Worlds --
Revelations of Chaos --
The Riddle Continues --
The Fractal Universe --
The Visible Universe --
The Golden Walls of Edgar Allan Poe --
Lord Kelvin Sees the Light --
Ether Voids, Curved Space, and a Midnight Sun --
The Expanding Universe --
The Cosmic Redshift --
Energy in the Universe --
Epilogue --
Proposed Solutions to the Riddle of Darkness at Night --
Appendixes: Digges on the Infinity of the Universe --
Halley on the Infinity of the Sphere of Stars --
Chéseaux Explains the Riddle of Darkness --
Olbers Revives the Riddle of Darkness --
Kelvin on an Old and Celebrated Hypothesis.
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Beguiling... A veritable Cook's tour through the history of astronomy.--Owen Gingerich "Nature " The night sky is dark. The question is why... Mr. Harrison has an answer, but to state it here seems Read more...

 
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