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The Men Who Measured the Universe

The Men Who Measured the Universe

The revolution of our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it happened within a single human lifetime, through a combination of new technology and the dedication of a handful of pioneers. This is their story - of the hard work, perseverance and spirit that unlocked the se... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781840465365
Barcode 9781840465365
Published 1 June 2004 by Icon Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gribbin, John
By Gribbin, Mary
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ISBN-13 9781840465365
ISBN-10 1840465360
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 June 2004
International Publication Date 4 March 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gribbin, John
By Gribbin, Mary
Category Science: General Issues
Astronomy, Space & Time
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 200mm
Weight 160g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronomy - History - 20th century
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education
Dewey Code 520.9
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The revolution of our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it happened within a single human lifetime, through a combination of new technology and the dedication of a handful of pioneers. This is their story - of the hard work, perseverance and spirit that unlocked the secrets of the night sky.

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UK Review When we look up into the sky on a clear day, how far can we see? What else is there in the night sky? John and Mary Gribbin have written an easily understood book giving explanations to each of these questions and moreover also explained very complex astrophysics without being condescending. Measurement of the universe clearly needs a telescope of some description and this book gives diagrams of the basics behind the common refracting telescope and the much more useful (for astronomy) reflecting telescope. In the early part of the 20th century George Ellery Hale began to study the skies and subsequently built an observatory on Mt Wilson in California, Milton Humason, a relatively uneducated man dedicated his life to the study with Edwin Hubble and subsequently Allan Rex Sandage. All of whom worked in fairly primitive conditions to discover and measure not only our own galaxy but also others such as the Andromeda Galaxy. This book was originally entitled 'How Far is Up? Measuring the Size of the Universe' and published in 2003. There are nineteen other titles in the series, covering Consciousness, Darwin, Mathematics, Genetics, Stephen Hawking, Environmental Politics and others (Kirkus UK)

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Author's Bio

John Gribbin is one of the best known popularisers of science in the world. He the author of numerous bestsellers including In Search Of Schrodinger's Cat, Stardust and most recently Science: A History. He worked on the New Scientist for many years and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Sussex for his work promoting science to the public. Mary Gribbin writes for the New Scientist, Family Circle, Here's Health, Cosmopolitan and The Guardian. She has also co-authored five science books for adults.

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