Blind Watchers of the Sky: The People and Ideas That Shaped Our View of the Universe

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In this immensely readable book, noted cosmologist Rocky Kolb reveals the very human struggles of astronomy superstars seeking cosmic truths while lost in the clouds of confusion. Punctuated by the author's razor-sharp wit, this book provides anyone curious about science with a behind-the-scenes peek into the discovery process-it's not exactly the scientific method you learned in school.
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Editorial Reviews

This examination of the often overlooked human side of scientific discovery links the methods of astronomers such as Tycho Brache, Kepler, Galileo, and Herschel with their discoveries, providing a fascinating look at early cosmology and the scientific process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201154962
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Helix Bks.
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,014,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Rocky Kolb, founding head of the NASA/Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group and University of Chicago professor, combines art, humor, music, and philosophy in writings and lectures about cosmology for the general public.

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Table of Contents

1 Eyes on the Skies 1
Pt. 1 The Solar System 11
2 Smashing the Celestial Spheres 13
3 Wars of the Worlds 43
4 The Galileo Equation 73
5 Newton at a Distance 113
Pt. 2 The Galaxy 137
6 The Third Dimension 139
7 Islands in the Sky 169
Pt. 3 The Universe 199
8 The Expanding Fog 201
9 A Matter of Degrees 237
10 Primordial Soup 261
11 The Raw Edge 283
The Devil in the Details 295
Bibliography 309
Permissions, Sources, and Credits 323
Acknowledgments 329
Index 331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    This book was not only informative but also interesting to read.

    This book was not only informative but also interesting to read. My favorite part of the book was that the book had diagrams to correlate to the text. It made it easier to understand what the author was talking about. My least favorite part was the ongoing explanations. The book can be introduced to anyone; people who like science/ math and people who absolutely have no interest in astronomy and cosmology. You have to give it a chance and read into the book to fully understand what they are talking about, because it's an idea after idea. New subject material was introduced and I enjoyed learning about all the different ideas the scientists had. Very intriguing book to read in your free time and is recommended. (Liya P.)

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    A book that everyone should read!!

    I have to say that this book is one in a very long list of books I have read in the past, is the most informative yet intriguing. I had to read this book mainly for a class for school. I was very skeptical at first when I received thinking that I was never going to finish it and frankly how it looked boring. I was clearly wrong. The more I dove in to the reading the more I fully enjoyed the read. I was surprised at how enticing the words and how Rocky Kolb, the author of the book, made it serious yet comical. I have learned a great deal from this one book. I will most definitely recommend this book to anyone, even if they do not like astronomy and math based books. It's a good book that everyone should read through out there lifetime. If you do enjoy those subjects them most definitely pick it up, get cozy and take off in to the world of the universe. I have a totally new perspective of how our universe really is. I also enjoyed being introduced to some of the most gifted scientists the world has ever seen. I learned new material that will go with me till I get old. I have enjoyed it, and I hope that you will too.

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