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Miss Leavitt's Stars (Hardcover)
Miss Leavitt's Stars (Hardcover): George Johnson

Miss Leavitt's Stars (Hardcover)

George Johnson

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HOW BIG IS THE UNIVERSE? In the early twentieth century scientists took sides. One held that the entire universe was contained in the Milky Way galaxy. Their champion was the strong-willed astronomer Harlow Shapely. Another camp believed that the universe was so vast that the Milky Way was just one galaxy among billions--the view that would prevail, proven by the equally headstrong Edwin Hubble. Almost forgotten is the Harvard Observatory Computer--a human number cruncher hired to calculate the positions and luminosities of stars in astronomical Photographs--who found the key to the mystery. Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars--those whose brightness rhythmically changes--as a cosmic yardstick. Miss Leavitt's Stars both a masterly account of how we measure the universe and the moving story of a neglected genus.


Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2015
Authors: George Johnson
Dimensions: 215 x 135mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496
ISBN-13: 978-0-297-84647-5
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time > Popular astronomy
Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time > Space travel & exploration
LSN: 0-297-84647-7
Barcode: 9780297846475

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