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

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Astronomers - 338 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Katya0133 - LibraryThing

Who knew a history of astronomy could be so funny? Rocky Kolb's book is both hilarious and informative. The descriptive history is suitable for the math-phobic, while appendices cater to those who want more mathematical detail. Read full review

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In the first section of Blind Watchers of the Sky, Edward W. "Rocky" Kolb retells the familiar story of the development of the heliocentric theory of the solar system from Tycho Brahe's discovery of a ... Read full review

Contents

Smashing the Celestial Spheres
13
Wars of the Worlds
43
The Galileo Equation
73
Newton at a Distance
113
The Third Dimension
139
Islands in the Sky
169
The Expanding Fog
201
A Matter of Degrees
237
Primordial Soup
261
The Raw Edge
283
Bibliography
309
Permissions Sources and Credits
323
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Edward W. 'Rocky' Kolb is a member of the NASA/Fermilab Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illionois, where he served for ten years as the first head of Astrophysics. He is also a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the editorial board of Astronomy magazine, and is a co-author of The Early Universe, a textbook on particle physics and cosmology.

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