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The Story of Astronomy: From Babylonian Stargazers to the Search for the Big Bang

 
 
Author
Peter Aughton.
Publisher Quercus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780857385987
Pages/Publication Date 394/2011
Daedalus Item Code 34432
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From the ancient origins of astronomy to the Copernican revolution, and from Galileo to Stephen Hawking's research into black holes, the author of The Transit of Venus charts the discoveries of some of the greatest minds in human history, and their attempts to unveil the secrets of the stars. This history includes such trivia as why we have 60 minutes in an hour, how the Romans botched the invention of the leap year, and when people really discovered that the Earth wasn't flat. In a fascinating journey through 3,000 years of stargazing, Peter Aughton demonstrates what Newton, Einstein, Hubble and Hawking really achieved, and evaluates the ongoing search for life on other planets.
 
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