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Parallax The Race to Measure the Cosmos,9780486490939

Parallax The Race to Measure the Cosmos

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Edition: Revised
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/19/2013
Publisher(s): Dover Publications
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

This lively and entertaining history of the long struggle to measure the distance to the stars will appeal to general readers as well as to amateur and professional astronomers. Readers will encounter fascinating historical characters, from ancient Greeks to 19th-century scientists. Well illustrated, with contemporary pictures plus extensive notes on further reading. 2002 edition.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1
1. Reinventing the Cosmos
2. The Circle Game
3. What if the Sun Be Center to the World?
4. Crossed Eyes and Wobbling Stars 
Part 2
5. The Heavens Erupt
6. The Turbulent Lens
7. The Wrangler of Pisa
8. The Archimedean Engine
9. A Coal Cellar with a View
10. Double Vision
Part 3
11. Dismal Swamp
12. The Twice-Built Telescope
13. Quest for Precision
14. So Many Grasshoppers
15. The Star in the Lyre
16. The Subtle Weave
Epilogue
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Notes and Further Reading
Index

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