Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos Hardcover – 26 Oct 2009
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"Murdin's book beautifully illustrates the story of the astronomical quest ... for anyone of any age and any stage of scientific literacy or illiteracy ... Murdin has a genius for lucid explanations and attractive detail"
--A.C. Grayling, review barnesandnoble.com
'Excellent value for money, this book would be a marvellous addition for any secondary school or college library' --The School Librarian
'Beautifully produced ... delightfully illustrated with a stunning array of images ... the text is lucid and crammed with fascinating facts and figures ... an inspiring gift for anyone' --Observatory Magazine
'This book will ... provide good reading for some considerable time ... it offers excellent value at the quoted price and I can do no more than strongly recommend it' --Astronomy Now
'As we have come to expect from this publisher, the reproduction of illustrations is excellent and the volume is printed and bound to the highest standard ... I recommend it to all'
--Journal of the British Astronomical Association
'An accessible and up-to-date history of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the past'
--The Lincolnshire Echo
'Packed with pictures and lucid text ... will be of much interest to school librarians or individuals'
--School Science Review
About the Author
Paul Murdin is a senior fellow at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and editor in chief of the "Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics." Formerly, he was head of astronomy at the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and director of science at the British National Space Centre. He is the author of "Full Meridian of Glory: Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth" and coauthor of "The Firefly Encyclopedia of Astronomy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The sequence introducing famous astronomers from 1543 to 1919 covering an amazing range of astronomy discoveries, from the recognition that the the Sun is the centre of the Solar System to Gravitational lenses bend the path of light.
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