Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos

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Courier Corporation, Aug 21, 2013 - Science - 336 pages
This lively and entertaining history of the long struggle to measure the distance to the stars will appeal to general readers as well as amateur and professional astronomers. Readers will encounter fascinating historical characters, from ancient Greeks to19th-century scientists. Well illustrated, with contemporary pictures plus extensive notes on further reading.
 

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Alan W. Hirshfeld is an astronomer at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, earned his undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Princeton and his Ph. D. in astronomy from Yale. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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