Discovery of Our Galaxy

Discovery of Our Galaxy

by Charles A. Whitney

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ISBN-13: 9780307817099
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Charles Allen Whitney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1929.  After receiving an S.B. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitney completed his A.M. and Ph.D. in astronomy at Harvard University.  He has been a physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory since 1956, and is also a professor of astronomy at Harvard.  No less a writer than a scientist, Whitney has been at work on several projects in addition to The Discovery of Our Galaxy.  He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in order to write a biography on Edwin Hubble.  He is married, the father of five children, and lives in Weston, Massachusetts.

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The Discovery of Our Galaxy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dangraves on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
This book thrilled me when I first read it several years ago. Whitney explained with great clarity how we discovered that we lived in a galaxy--an island of stars--and how we measure the distance to far away objects. His prose is not only vivid but clear to a layman. For instance, his account of Cepheid variables as yardsticks was completely understandable. Of course, we now have even better, more precisely defined tools today, but I understand how they work thanks to Whitney.