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Revolutionaries of the Cosmos: The Astro-Physicists

Ian Glass

Abstract

Galileo, Newton, Herschel, Huggins, Hale, Eddington, Shapley, and Hubble: these astronomers applied ideas drawn from physics to astronomy and made dramatic changes to the world-pictures that they inherited. They showed that celestial objects are composed of the same materials as the earth and that they behave in the same way. They displaced successively the earth, the sun, and finally the Milky Way galaxy from being the centre of the universe. This book, suitable for scientists from a broad range of disciplines as well as laypeople, contains their biographies and outlines their greatest discov ... More

Keywords: Galileo, Newton, Herschel, Huggins, Hale, Eddington, Shapley, Hubble, personalities, astronomy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Glass, author
South African Astronomical Observatory

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