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Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Coming of Age in the Milky Way - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060535957

Cover of Coming of Age in the Milky Way 03 (ISBN 978-0060535957)
ISBN13: 978-0060535957
ISBN10: 0060535954
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 2003
International: No

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Coming of Age in the Milky Way - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060535957

Timothy Ferris

ISBN13: 978-0060535957
ISBN10: 0060535954
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Perennial Library

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a breathtaking tour of astronomy and the brilliant, eccentric personalities who have shaped it. From the first time mankind had an inkling of the vast space that surrounds us, those who study the universe have had to struggle against political and religious preconceptions. They have included some of the most charismatic, courageous, and idiosyncratic thinkers of all time. In Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris uses his unique blend of rigorous research and captivating narrative skill to draw us into the lives and minds of these extraordinary figures, creating a landmark work of scientific history.

Table of Contents

The Dome of Heaven p. 19
Raising (and Lowering) the Roof p. 33
The Discovery of the Earth p. 47
The Sun Worshipers p. 61
The World in Retrograde p. 83
Newton's Reach p. 103
A Plumb Line to the Sun p. 123
Deep Space p. 143
Island Universes p. 161
Einstein's Sky p. 177
The Expansion of the Universe p. 205
Sermons in Stones p. 217
The Age of the Earth p. 231
The Evolution of Atoms and Stars p. 255
The Quantum and Its Discontents p. 285
Rumors of Perfection p. 301
The Axis of History p. 335
The Origin of the Universe p. 349
Mind and Matter p. 367
The Persistence of Mystery p. 381
Addendum to the Perennial Edition p. 389
Glossary: A Brief History of the Universe p. 421
Notes p. 437
Bibliography p. 451
Index p. 495
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