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From the Publisher"In every field of scientific research, fitful progress is the norm, and comes only after numerous dead ends, backtrackings and wild goose chases that make up 'the flotsam and jetsam of scientific advance'; Baum, a British astronomer ... has put together a fascinating collection of this outmoded ephemera in this alternate history of science, populated by the famous and the forgotten....Baum helps contemporary readers understand why observations were interpreted as they were, and how centuries-old records still have value today...for amateur and professional astronomers, and those interested in the history of science, the gems contained here are worth the effort."
"As a wordsmith of the first magnitude, Baum has produced both an authoritative and fascinating compilation distilled from the annals of astronomy, and in so doing has derived new insights into mysteries of the past. A book to be savored, chapter by chapter!"
-Dr. Richard Miles
President of the British Astronomical Association