Book Name: [PDF] Minding the Heavens – The Story of Our Discovery of the Milky Way by L. belkora
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Minding the Heavens – The Story of Our Discovery of the Milky Way by L. belkora

Table of contents :

Front Cover……Page 2
Back Cover……Page 3
About the Author……Page 5
Copyright Info……Page 7
TOC……Page 8
Acknowledgments……Page 10
A Note on Sources……Page 12
1 – Introduction……Page 14
2 – The Nake-Eye View of the Sky……Page 27
3 – Thomas Wright: Visionary of Stellar Systems……Page 48
4 – William Herschel: Natural Historian of the Universe……Page 87
5 – Wilhelm Struve: Seeker of Parallax……Page 133
6 – William Huggins: Pioneer of the New Astronomy……Page 178
7 – Jacobus Kapteyn: Mastermind Without A Telescope……Page 219
8 – Harlow Shapley: Champion of the Big Galaxy……Page 258
9 – Edwin Hubble: Redeemer of Island Universes……Page 306
10 – The Milky Way Revealed……Page 360
Color Plates……Page 383
Notes……Page 391
References……Page 406
Index……Page 414


Book Description:

Today we are used to the idea that we live on a planet circling the sun, that our sun is just one of billions of stars in the galaxy we call the Milky Way, and that our galaxy is but one of billions born out of the big bang. Yet as recently as the early twentieth century the general public and even astronomers had vague and confused notions about what lay beyond the visible stars.
This book is about how we discovered that we lived in a galaxy, in fact a universe full of galaxies. This fascinating story of the discovery of our own and other galaxies is told through the lives of seven astronomers: Thomas Wright, William Herschel, Wilhelm Struve, William Huggins, Jacobus Kapteyn, Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble. Each contributed greatly to our present understanding of where we live in the cosmos.
Through the science and lives of these seven people, each shaped by their family, friends and contemporaries; we follow this amazing story of discovery.
From the mid 1700s with Thomas Wright through to the mid 20th century with the more familiar names of Shapley and Hubble, each character bringing us nearer to our present understanding of the Universe


Minding the Heavens. The Story of Our Discovery of the Milky Way

Author(s): Leila Belkora

Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Year: 2002

ISBN: 9780750307307

Edition: N/A

Publisher  :  IOP Publishing

Length:   427 pages

Size:  27.3  MB  

Language:  English






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