The Resource Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos, Alan W. Hirshfeld

Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos, Alan W. Hirshfeld

Label
Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos
Title
Parallax
Title remainder
the race to measure the cosmos
Statement of responsibility
Alan W. Hirshfeld
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Charts the historical path of observational astronomy's most daunting challenge: measuring the distance to a star. The greatest scientific minds applied themselves in vain to the problem across the millennia, beginning with the ancient Greeks. Not until the 19th century would three astronomers, armed with the best telescopes of the age, race to conquer this astronomical Everest--their contest ending in a virtual dead heat. Against a sweeping backdrop filled with kidnappings, dramatic rescue, swordplay, madness, and bitter rivalry, astrophysicist Hirshfeld brings this remarkable story to life. Meet the destitute boy plucked from a collapsed building who becomes the greatest telescope maker the world has ever seen; the hot-tempered Dane whose nose is lopped off in a duel over mathematics; the merchant's apprentice forced to choose between the lure of money and his passion for astronomy; and the musician who discovers a new planet from his own backyard.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hirshfeld, Alan
Dewey number
523.8/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB813
LC item number
.H57 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Parallax
Label
Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos, Alan W. Hirshfeld
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Coal cellar with the view
  • Double vision
  • Dismal swamp
  • Twice-built telescope
  • Quest for precision
  • So many grasshoppers
  • Star in the lyre
  • Subtle weave
  • Reinventing the cosmos
  • Circle game
  • What if the sun be center to the world?
  • Crossed eyes and wobbling stars
  • Heavens erupt
  • Turbulent lens
  • Wrangler of Pisa
  • Archimedean engine
Control code
ocm45583430
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 314 pages
Isbn
9780716737117
Lccn
00068147
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45583430
Label
Parallax : the race to measure the cosmos, Alan W. Hirshfeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Coal cellar with the view
  • Double vision
  • Dismal swamp
  • Twice-built telescope
  • Quest for precision
  • So many grasshoppers
  • Star in the lyre
  • Subtle weave
  • Reinventing the cosmos
  • Circle game
  • What if the sun be center to the world?
  • Crossed eyes and wobbling stars
  • Heavens erupt
  • Turbulent lens
  • Wrangler of Pisa
  • Archimedean engine
Control code
ocm45583430
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 314 pages
Isbn
9780716737117
Lccn
00068147
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45583430

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