Archives of the Universe 100 Discoveries That Transformed Our Understanding of the Cosmos

ISBN-10: 0375713689
ISBN-13: 9780375713682
Edition: N/A
Authors: Marcia Bartusiak
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Description: An unparalleled history of astronomy presented in the words of the scientists who made the discoveries. Here are the writings of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Halley, Hubble, and Einstein, as well as that of dozens of others who have  More...

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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

An unparalleled history of astronomy presented in the words of the scientists who made the discoveries. Here are the writings of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Halley, Hubble, and Einstein, as well as that of dozens of others who have significantly contributed to our picture of the universe. From Aristotle's proof that the Earth is round to the 1998 paper that posited an accelerating universe, this book contains 100 entries spanning the history of astronomy. Award-winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak provides enormously entertaining introductions, putting the material in context and explaining its place in the literature. Archives of the Universe is essential reading for professional astronomers, science history buffs, and backyard stargazers alike.

Preface
The Ancient Sky
Mayan Venus Tables
Proof That the Earth Is a Sphere
Celestial Surveying
Measuring the Earth's Circumference
Precession of the Equinoxes
Ptolemy'sAlmagest
Revolutions
Copernicus and the Sun-Centered Universe
Tycho Brahe and the Changing Heavens
Johannes Kepler and Planetary Motion
Galileo Initiates the Telescopic Era
Newton's Universal Law of Gravity
Halley's Comet
Binary Stars
Taking Measure
The Speed of Light
The Solar System's Origin
Discovery of Uranus
Stars Moving and Changing
The First Asteroid
Distance to a Star
Discovery of Neptune
The Shape of the Milky Way
Spiraling Nebulae
Touching the Heavens
Spectral Lines
Deciphering the Solar Spectrum
Gaseous Nebulae
Doppler Shifts and Spectroscopic Binaries
Classification of the Stars
Giant Stars and Dwarf Stars
Hydrogen: The Prime Element
Stellar Mass, Luminosity, and Stability
Sunspot Cycle, Sun/Earth Connection, and Helium
Origin of Meteors and Shooting Stars
Cosmic Rays
Discovery of Pluto
Einsteinian Cosmos
Special Relativity and E = mc2
General Relativity and the Solar Eclipse Test
Relativistic Models of the Universe
Big Bang Versus Steady State
White Dwarf Stars
Beyond the White Dwarf
Supernovae and Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Source of Stellar Power
Creating Elements in the Big Bang
Cosmic Microwave Background Predicted
Creating Elements in the Stars
A Star's Life Cycle
The Milky Way and Beyond
Cepheids: The Cosmic Standard Candles
Sun's Place in the Milky Way
Dark Nebulae and Interstellar Matter
Discovery of Other Galaxies
Expansion of the Universe
Stellar Populations and Resizing the Universe
Mapping the Milky Way's Spiral Arms
Source and Composition of Comets
New Eyes, New Universe
Radio Astronomy
Interstellar Hydrogen
Molecules in Space
Van Allen Radiation Belts
Geology of Mars
Extrasolar X-Ray Sources
Quasars
Evidence for the Big Bang
Pulsars
The Infrared Sky and the Galactic Center
Neutrino Astronomy
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Binary Pulsar and Gravity Waves
Accelerating Outward
Dark Matter
Gravitational Lensing
Inflation
The Bubbly Universe
Galaxy Evolution and the Hubble Deep Field
Extrasolar Planets
The Accelerating Universe Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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