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Parallax : The Race to Measure the Cosmos
by Alan W. Hirshfeld


Overview - "Astronomy is a foundation stone in our self-image as a species, and "Parallax" does an outstanding job showing us how that stone was laid." -- "San Francisco Bay Guardian
""Compelling? Try kidnapping, mudslinging, and despair, all in the name of the stars." -- "Kansas City Star
""A tale of science at its best." -- "The Boston Globe
"This lively history of the struggle to measure the distance to the stars introduces a memorable cast of historical figures, from ancient Greeks to nineteenth-century scientists.
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Overview
"Astronomy is a foundation stone in our self-image as a species, and "Parallax" does an outstanding job showing us how that stone was laid." -- "San Francisco Bay Guardian
""Compelling? Try kidnapping, mudslinging, and despair, all in the name of the stars." -- "Kansas City Star
""A tale of science at its best." -- "The Boston Globe
"This lively history of the struggle to measure the distance to the stars introduces a memorable cast of historical figures, from ancient Greeks to nineteenth-century scientists. Characters include an impoverished boy, plucked from a collapsed building to become the greatest telescope maker in the world; a hot-tempered Dane who loses his nose in a duel over mathematics; a merchant's apprentice, forced to choose between a lucrative career and his passion for astronomy; and other fascinating individuals. Numerous pictures illuminate the stories, and extensive notes offer suggestions for further reading.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486490939
  • ISBN-10: 0486490939
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 316
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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