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Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe

Author: George Johnson
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2006.
Series: Great discoveries.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How big is the universe? In the early twentieth century, scientists took sides. One held that the entire universe was contained in the Milky Way galaxy; their champion was the strong-willed astronomer Harlow Shapley. Another camp believed that the universe was so vast that the Milky Way was just one galaxy among billions--the view that would prevail, proven by the equally headstrong Edwin Hubble. Almost forgotten is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Henrietta Swan Leavitt; Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Johnson
ISBN: 0393328562 9780393328561
OCLC Number: 1059161477
Description: xiv, 162 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: The village in the canyon --
Black stars, white nights --
Hunting for variables --
Henrietta's law --
Triangles --
Shapley's arts --
The late, great Milky Way --
In the realm of the Nebulae --
The mysterious K --
The cosmic stampede --
Ghost stories --
Fire on the mountain.
Series Title: Great discoveries.
Responsibility: George Johnson.

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