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

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Basic Books, 1997 - Science - 338 pages
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In this immensely readable book, noted cosmologist Rocky Kolb reveals the very human struggles of astronomy superstars seeking cosmic truths while lost in the clouds of confusion. Punctuated by the author’s razor-sharp wit, this book provides anyone curious about science with a behind-the-scenes peek into the discovery process--it’s not exactly the scientific method you learned in school.
 

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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

Eyes on the Skies
2
Smashing the Celestial Spheres
14
Wars of the Worlds
44
The Galileo Equation
74
Newton at a Distance
114
The Third Dimension
140
Islands in the Sky
170
The Expanding Fog
202
Primordial Soup
262
The Raw Edge
284
The Devil in the Details
296
Bibliography
310
Permissions Sources and Credits
324
Acknowledgments
330
Index
332
Copyright

A Matter of Degrees
238

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About the author (1997)

Rocky Kolb, founding head of the NASA/Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group and University of Chicago professor, combines art, humor, music, and philosophy in writings and lectures about cosmology for the general public.

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