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Coming of Age in the Milky Way (2 Cassettes)
     

Coming of Age in the Milky Way (2 Cassettes)

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by Timothy Ferris (Read by)
 

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Winner of the 1988 American Institute of Physics Prize and named one of 1988's best books by the New York Times Book Review, this brilliant, lively and informative book seeks to comprehend the enormities of cosmic space and time and how this quest has shaped religion, politics and philosophy.

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Winner of the 1988 American Institute of Physics Prize and named one of 1988's best books by the New York Times Book Review, this brilliant, lively and informative book seeks to comprehend the enormities of cosmic space and time and how this quest has shaped religion, politics and philosophy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ancient Egyptians regarded the sky as a kind of tent canopy. Thirty centuries later, astronomer William Herschel argued that the sun belongs to a huge cluster of stars (a galaxy, as we call it today) and charted great swaths of intergalactic space through a telescope. How the human species slowly awakened to the vast reaches of space and time is the story absorbingly told by popular science writer Ferris (The Red Limit, Galaxies). His narrative humanizes the scientific enterpriseGalileo emerges here as a careerist, and Johannes Kepler as a self-loathing neurotic. Although it covers well-trod ground, this remarkable synthesis makes broad areas of science accessible to the layperson, from Darwin's and Lyell's investigations of the age of the earth to modern physicists' quest for a perfectly symmetrical, hyperdimensional universe. BOMC alternate. (July)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA In the first section, Ferris uses historical anecdotes to relate astronomical discoveries and the foibles of their discoverers in a successful attempt to show the ``big names'' of science as real persons, warts and all. The second section, on the history of space and time, is also well done, if lacking in the human details. The third section, which deals with cosmology and modern physics, uses a philosophical approach to discuss difficult material; the result is not easy to absorb, but it is good base material for students who will ask questions and go further on their own. Throughout the book, introductory quotations are used to advantage to tease readers into the next topic. Bob Fliess, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558001176
Publisher:
NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.64(d)

Brief Biography

Hometown:
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
August 29, 1944
Place of Birth:
Miami, Florida
Education:
B.S., Northwestern University, 1966
Website:
http://www.timothyferris.com

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Coming of Age in the Milky Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book completely opened my eyes to a whole new world. Historically and scientifically very interesting, and Ferris explains it in such a way that you can both understand and appreciate the information.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Timothy Ferris faced a daunting task in writing the history of man's search to understand the universe we live in. Did he succeed? At times I was more confused than enlightened but I felt that, overall, the book was worthwhile and I had learned something about the subject. Perhaps, had he narrowed hos focus strictly to the heavens and not made side trips into Darwin, string theory etc., the book would have been less daunting. I also felt the chapter on other intelligent life in the universe was a bit loopy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago