Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

by Ian Glass
     
 

Galileo, Newton, Herschel, Huggins, Hale, Eddington, Shapley and Hubble: these astronomers applied ideas drawn from physics to astronomy and made dramatic changes to the world-pictures that they inherited. They showed that celestial objects are composed of the same materials as the earth and that they behave in the same way. They displaced successively the earth,… See more details below

Overview

Galileo, Newton, Herschel, Huggins, Hale, Eddington, Shapley and Hubble: these astronomers applied ideas drawn from physics to astronomy and made dramatic changes to the world-pictures that they inherited. They showed that celestial objects are composed of the same materials as the earth and that they behave in the same way. They displaced successively the earth, the sun and finally the milky way galaxy from being the centre of the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198570998
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Dr Ian Glass, South African Astronomical Observatory
B.A. Trinity College Dublin 1961
PhD MIT 1968

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Talent and Opportunity
2. Galileo: Seeing and Believing
3. Isaac Newton: Rationalising the Universe
4. William Herschel: Surveying the Heavens
5. William Huggins: Celestial Chemical Analysis
6. George Ellery Hale: Providing the Tools
7. Arthur Eddington: Inside the Stars
8. Harlow Shapley: Defining Our Galaxy
9. Edwin Hubble: Journeying to the Edge

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