Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens

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Penguin Books, 1999 - Science - 198 pages
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The human race has not always lived in an infinite universe - for centuries, the earth spun at the center of a giant sphere, and the starlit dome of the night sky marked the ultimate boundary of the cosmos. The quirky tales of the men who pushed those heavenly limits further and further outward make up 'Seeing and believing', Richard Panek's engaging and often amusing account of the telescope, and its significant role in revising humanity's perception of the universe.

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To cover 400 years of astronomy and its impact on society in six chapters is an impossible task. Nevertheless, Panek covers the watershed events (starting with Galileo constructing the first telescope ... Read full review


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RICHARD PANEK is the prize-winning author of "The 4% Universe" and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Science Writing.

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