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The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical history
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ISBN: 0521326885 Year: 1992 Publisher: Cambridge (Mass.) : Sky publications,

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An engaging anthology of thirty-six incidents drawn from the history of astronomy, this volume covers subjects that range from Stonehenge and astronomy in ancient Egypt to the Great Comet of 1965 and Albert Einstein. Professor Gingerich covers all the important periods and developments in astronomy and generously illustrates the text throughout with historical pictures. The Great Copernicus Chase refers to Owen Gingerich's attempt to take a census of all extant copies of Copernicus's great work, De Revolutionibus. Some of the many adventures that have befallen him in this quest are featured in the book. Owen Gingerich is Senior Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Professor of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University. He is the editor of the multi-volume General History of Astronomy, and his articles appear regularly in Sky and Telescope. Comet Gingerich is named in his honor.

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Astrophysics --- Astronomy --- History --- History.

Cosmology + 1 : readings from Scientific American
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ISBN: 0716700123 0716700115 Year: 1977 Publisher: San Francisco : W. H. Freeman,

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Cosmology. --- Stars --- Evolution.


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A study of non-grey stellar atmospheres
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Year: 1961 Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University

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New frontiers in astronomy.
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ISBN: 0716705192 0716705206 Year: 1975 Publisher: San Francisco Freeman,

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The book nobody read : chasing the revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
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ISBN: 0802714153 9780802714152 Year: 2004 Publisher: New York Walker & Company

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Publisher's description: In the spring of 1543 as the celebrated astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, lay on his death bed, his fellow clerics brought him a long-awaited package: the final printed pages of the book he had worked on for many years: De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). Though Copernicus would not live to hear of its extraordinary impact, his book, which first suggested that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the universe, is today recognized as one of the most influential scientific works of all time--thanks in part to astrophysicist Owen Gingerich. Four and a half centuries after its initial publication, Gingerich embarked on an epic quest to see in person all extant copies of the first and second editions of De revolutionibus. He was inspired by two contradictory pieces of information: Arthur Koestler's claim, in his book The Sleepwalkers, that nobody had read Copernicus's book when it was published; and Gingerich's discovery, in Edinbu rgh, of a first edition richly annotated in the margins by the leading teacher of astronomy in Europe in the 1540s. If one copy had been so quickly appreciated, Gingerich reasoned, perhaps others were as well--and perhaps they could throw new light on a hinge point in the history of astronomy. After three decades of investigation, and after traveling hundreds of thousands of miles across the globe--from Melbourne to Moscow, Boston to Beijing--Gingerich has written an utterly original book built on his experience and the remarkable insights gleaned from examining some 600 copies of De revolutionibus. He found the books owned and annotated by Galileo, Kepler and many other lesser-known astronomers whom he brings back to life, which illuminate the long, reluctant process of accepting the Sun-centered cosmos and highlight the historic tensions between science and the Catholic Church. He traced the ownership of individual copies through the hands of saints, heretics, scalawags, and biblioma niacs. He was called as the expert witness in the theft of one copy, witnessed the dramatic auction of another, and proves conclusively that De revolutionibus was as inspirational as it was revolutionary. Part biography of a book, part scientific exploration, part bibliographic detective story, The Book Nobody Read recolors the history of cosmology and offers new appreciation of the enduring power of an extraordinary book and its ideas.


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Cosmology + 1
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ISBN: 0716700425 0716700433 Year: 1977 Publisher: San Francisco (Calif.): Freeman,

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Astrophysics and twentieth-century astronomy to 1950
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ISBN: 0521242568 Year: 1984 Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University press,

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Frontiers in astronomy
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ISBN: 0716709473 Year: 1970 Publisher: San Francisco (Calif.): Freeman,

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Theory and observation of normal stellar atmospheres : proceedings of the third Harvard-Smithsonian conference on stellar atmospheres
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ISBN: 0262070359 Year: 1969 Publisher: Cambridge (Mass.): MIT press,

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