Archives of the Universe

Archives of the Universe

A Treasury of Astronomy's Historic Works of Discovery

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375421709
Branch Call Number: 520.9 A673
Characteristics: xvii, 695 p. : ill. ; charts.
Additional Contributors: Bartusiak, Marcia 1950-


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Nov 08, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this book! Each chapter describes a particular scientist with interesting stores and historical insight, then shows a copy of their seminal paper on the subject of interest. Famous scientists and not so famous. So, for example, Danish scientist Ole Rohmer measures the speed of light over 300 years ago by watching the orbit of IO, a moon of Jupiter. Great story. And easily understandable by a students who may be studying astronomy in grade 6 as part of the Ontario curriculum.

The timeline runs from before Ptolemy's description of the universe to the big bang and dark matter. Bartusiak has a way of making it sound exciting which I guess it was - and still is. And, now, it is interesting to look back and see what brilliant minds there have been in the history of the world.

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