Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos

Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos

By: Alan W. Hirshfeld

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"Astronomy is a foundation stone in our self-image as a species, and Parallax does an outstanding job showing us how that stone was laid." — San Francisco Bay Guardian
"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.

Reprint of the Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2002 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486490939
ISBN 139780486490939
Author/EditorAlan W. Hirshfeld
Page Count336
Dimensions6 x 9 1/4

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