The Day without Yesterday (Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy) (Skys Dark Labyrinth Trilogy 3) Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013
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'Clark's strengths are in his firm grasp of historical context and his easy-to-read prose, along with an obvious passion for his subject and desire to project this to a wider audience' --Daily Mail
About the Author
Stuart Clark is a widely read astronomy journalist whose career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the general public. Stuart holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and is the cosmology consultant for 'New Scientist'. In 2000 'The Independent' placed him alongside Stephen Hawking and the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees, as one of the 'stars' of British astrophysics teaching.
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In this account I am greatly impressed by the handling of Lemaître's science: his finding of expanding solutions of Einstein's equations, his relationship with Eddington, and above all treading the dividing line between science and religion. This latter challenge is beautifully handled by the author.
The one point on which I am doubtful, but I stand to be corrected is this. I do not think Hubble and his assistants measured redshifts at the 100-inch. Hubble used Slipher's redshifts as tabulated by Stromberg. Nor do I think Hubble did very much hands on observing -- much of that was left to the former mule driver Milton Humason -- Hubble defined, Humason was the dutiful observer, Hubble reduced the observations. But these are minor quibbles. This book is a significant contribution to popular science, and a great account of how we discovered the universe
I consider my self reasonably familiar with the physics and basics of the histories; and recommend these volumes strongly for anyone who wants a very readable, engaging, correct and insightful introduction... Not least of all for those who want to think about science & religion in a more considered way than as presented by the ranting, radical atheists - and u say that as an atheists!
One can only hope that Stuart will find more material for this kind if book. It's a service to science and the public.
I have to say that I did not find this third book quite as compelling as the first two. That it is still worthy of 5 stars is indicative of the excellent quality of the trilogy as a whole. Very highly recommended.
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