Blind Watchers of the Sky

Blind Watchers of the Sky : The People and Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe

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How do we know that the earth travels around the sun, the universe is billions of years old, and stars are trillions of miles away? Rocky Kolb tells the fascinating story of the people and ideas that have brought us such knowledge of our planet and the universe, giving realistic portraits of astronomers like Tycho, Kepler, Galileo, Herschel and Hubble. Beginning in 1572 with Tycho's discovery that the heavens can change and ending with the Big Bang of the 20th Century, this is a hugely entertaining and witty account of the quest to discover the universe.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • halftones and line drawings
  • 0192862030
  • 9780192862037

Table of contents

FOREWORD; PREFACE; CH.1 - EYES ON THE SKIES; PART ONE: THE SOLAR SYSTEM: CH.2 - SMASHING THE CELESTIAL HEMISPHERES, CH.3 - WARS OF THE WORLDS; CH.4 - THE GALILEO EQUATION; CH.5 - NEWTON AT A DISTANCE; PART TWO: THE GALAXY: CH.6 - THE THIRD DIMENSION; CH.7: ISLANDS IN THE SKY; PART THREE: THE UNIVERSE: CH.8: THE EXPANDING FROG; CH.9: A MATTER OF DEGREES; CH.10: PRIMORDIAL SOUP; CH.11: THE RAW EDGE; THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS; BIBLIOGRAPHY; PERMISSIONS, SOURCES, AND CREDITS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INDEXshow more

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'Rocky Kolb has written a delightful and elegant mixture science, scientific history, and personal anecdote. Jeremy Bernstein a jewel sparkling with humor, an entertaining, enticing read. A thoroughly fascinating tale. George F. Smoot a humorous and memorable romp through the key historical developments in astronomy John Barrow a thoroughly delightful recounting of the great ideas of the past 500 years of cosmological understanding Natureshow more

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