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Beyond Earth: Mapping the Universe Hardcover – March 1, 2002


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A historical survey of cosmology, this appealing set of essays benefits from the authors' diverse careers. Some are historians of science, and some are astrophysicists, lending a split personality to the overall volume, yet that does not detract from its appeal. One author specializes in "applied historical astronomy" as he matches Chinese records of supernovae with their visible remnants. A seemingly dull exegesis on Copernicus' De revolutionibus brightens when Harvard historian Owen Gingrich dangles a true-crime angle--his effort led him to pilfered copies of the work. More conventionally, an author explains the serendipity that often characterizes discovery: looking to measure the velocity of the Milky Way's luminous edge, Vera Rubin describes how she instead found the initial clues to the existence of "dark" matter, whose nature is one of the great contemporary mysteries. Jammed with pictures, this browser's delight is augmented by its tightened focus on instrumentation as it improved from the naked eye to today's sensitive detectors. Highly library friendly. Gilbert Taylor
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792264673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792264675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Stern on April 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
With the opening of "The Explore the Universe" gallery at The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in September 2001, David DeVorkin (Editor) has assembled an impressive volume,"Beyond Earth: Mapping the Universe". In full color thirteen specialists have written chapters dealing with "The Classical Universe", "The Modern Universe Emerges" and "The Current Universe". Using present day tools astronomers are now attacking the same old unsolved problems.
This volume should be in the library of all Physical Scientists.
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By Valentina Lopez on May 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
By National Geographic - that says it all! Great color, images, angles. It also goes into some details concerning the technical and historical side of scientific discoveries. Best of all, its not eurocentric. It's balanced and gives credit wherever it's due. It gives 2 whole pages to Meg Nath Saha. I take off 1 star because, for the price tag, the book should have more pages.
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