Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science

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“Dozens of short essays, each prompted by one of science’s visual creations . . . beautiful.”—George Johnson, New York Times Book Review
We live in a visual age—an age of images; iconic, instant, and influential. In this remarkable book, John D. Barrow traces their history in order to tell the story of modern science.
Some images, such as Robert Hooke’s first microscopic views of the natural world or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, were made possible by ...

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Overview

“Dozens of short essays, each prompted by one of science’s visual creations . . . beautiful.”—George Johnson, New York Times Book Review
We live in a visual age—an age of images; iconic, instant, and influential. In this remarkable book, John D. Barrow traces their history in order to tell the story of modern science.
Some images, such as Robert Hooke’s first microscopic views of the natural world or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, were made possible by our new technical capabilities. Others, such as the first graph, were breathtakingly simple but perennially useful. Many of these images have shattered our preconceptions about the limits and nature of existence, and together they reveal something of the beauty and truth of the universe, and why, so often, a picture is better than a thousand words.

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Dennis di Cicco - Sky and Telescope
“A collection of provocative (and coordinated) essays that takes the readers through several centuries of scientific enlightenment . . . the writing is so smooth and enjoyable, you may forget that there’s a scholarly heart within.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393337990
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,438,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is known internationally for his research in cosmology and for his popular science writing. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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