Minding the Heavens: The Story of our Discovery of the Milky Way

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CRC Press, 1. des. 2002 - 406 síđur
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Today, we accept that we live on a planet circling the sun, that our sun is just one of billions of stars in the galaxy we call the Milky Way, and that our galaxy is but one of billions born out of the big bang. Yet as recently as the early twentieth century, the general public and even astronomers had vague and confused notions about what lay beyo
 

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1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE NAKED EYE VIEW OF THE SKY
14
VISIONARY OF STELLAR SYSTEMS
35
NATURAL HISTORIAN OF THE UNIVERSE
74
SEEKER OF PARALLAX
120
PIONEER OF THE NEW ASTRONOMY
165
MASTERMIND WITHOUT A TELESCOPE
206
CHAMPION OF THE BIG GALAXY
245
REDEEMER OF ISLAND UNIVERSES
293
10 THE MILKY WAY REVEALED
347
NOTES
370
REFERENCES
385
Back Cover
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