Man Discovers the Galaxies

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Columbia University Press, 1984 - Science - 228 pages
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Man Discovers the Galaxies describes the development of galactic theories and models of the stellar system from 1900 to 1940. It is written in an interesting and lucid style, lavishly illustrated with photographs & diagrams.
 

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Contents

of Section
3
The Development of Techniques for Determining Distances
15
Galactic Theories in the Period 19001920
24
Astronomys Great Debate
35
Epilogue
48
Prologue
53
Galactic Rotation
62
Absorption and the Solution of the GalacticScale Problem
70
Epilogue
97
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Richard Berendzen has conducted research on solar astrophysics, cosmology, history of astronomy, and education and human resources in science. He has had research grants from the NSF and NASA and has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Science and NASA Headquarters. The author has taught astronomy at Harvard and was a faculty member at Boston University where he chaired the Astronomy Department.

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