The Race to Measure the Cosmos (Dover Books on Astronomy)
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"Compelling? Try kidnapping, mudslinging, and despair, all in the name of the stars." -- Kansas City Star
"A tale of science at its best." -- The Boston Globe
This lively history of the struggle to measure the distance to the stars introduces a memorable cast of historical figures, from ancient Greeks to nineteenth-century scientists. Characters include an impoverished boy, plucked from a collapsed building to become the greatest telescope maker in the world; a hot-tempered Dane who loses his nose in a duel over mathematics; a merchant's apprentice, forced to choose between a lucrative career and his passion for astronomy; and other fascinating individuals. Numerous pictures illuminate the stories, and extensive notes offer suggestions for further reading.
Dover Publications, 9780486490939, 316pp.
Publication Date: September 19, 2013