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Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos

Author: Alan Hirshfeld
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman and Co., 2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Charts the historical path of observational astronomy's most daunting challenge: measuring the distance to a star. The greatest scientific minds applied themselves in vain to the problem across the millennia, beginning with the ancient Greeks. Not until the 19th century would three astronomers, armed with the best telescopes of the age, race to conquer this astronomical Everest--their contest ending in a virtual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hirshfeld, Alan.
Parallax.
New York : W.H. Freeman and Co., 2001
(DLC) 00068147
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Hirshfeld
ISBN: 9780486315911 0486315916
OCLC Number: 1053519084
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Reinventing the cosmos --
Circle game --
What if the sun be center to the world? --
Crossed eyes and wobbling stars --
Heavens erupt --
Turbulent lens --
Wrangler of Pisa --
Archimedean engine --
Coal cellar with the view --
Double vision --
Dismal swamp --
Twice-built telescope --
Quest for precision --
So many grasshoppers --
Star in the lyre --
Subtle weave.
Responsibility: Alan W. Hirshfeld.
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This title charts the historical path of observational astronomy's most daunting challenge: measuring the distance to a star. In a text which presents the human side of science, the author relates  Read more...

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"A thrilling detective story!"--Owen Gingerich, Research Professor of Astronomy and the History of Science, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics "A wonderfully told story of the challenge of Read more...

 
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