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Parallax

The Race to Measure the Cosmos

Parallax( )
Author: Hirshfeld, Alan W.
ISBN:978-0-8050-7133-7
Publication Date:May 2002
Publisher:Henry Holt & Company
Imprint:Owl Books
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $16.00
Book Description:

How can we measure the distance to a star? Beginning in ancient Greece, history's greatest scientific minds applied themselves to the problem in vain. Not until the nineteenth century would three men, armed with the best telescopes of their age, race to conquer this astronomical Everest.Parallax tells the fast-moving story of their contest, which ended in a dead heat. Against a sweeping backdrop filled with kidnappings, dramatic rescue, swordplay, madness, and...
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Book Details
Pages:336
Detailed Subjects: Science / Astronomy
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.16 x 9.42 x 0.87 Inches
Book Weight:0.748 Pounds
Author Biography
Hirshfeld, Alan W. (Author)
Alan W. Hirshfeld is an astronomer at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, earned his undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Princeton and his Ph. D. in astronomy from Yale. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.




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