9780226848822

Measuring the Universe: Cosmic Dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley

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    9780226848822

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    0226848825

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-15
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Summary

Measuring the Universeis the first history of the evolution of cosmic dimensions, from the work of Eratosthenes and Aristarchus in the third century B.C. to the efforts of Edmond Halley (16561742). "Van Helden's authoritative treatment is concise and informative; he refers to numerous sources of information, draws on the discoveries of modern scholarship, and presents the first book-length treatment of this exceedingly important branch of science."Edward Harrison, American Journal of Physics"Van Helden writes well, with a flair for clear explanation. I warmly recommend this book."Colin A. Ronan, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

Author Biography

Albert Van Helden is professor of history at Rice University and the author of The Invention of the Telescope.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Shared Expectations
The Beginnings: Aristarchus and Hipparchus
Ptolemy
The Ptolemaic System Enshrined
Copernicus and Tycho
Young Kepler
Galileo and the Telescope
Kepler's Synthesis
Gassendi, Hortensius, and the Transit of Mercury of 1631
From Horrocks to Riccioli
The Micrometer from Huygens to Flamsteed
Cassini, Flamsteed, and the New Measure
The New Consensus and Halley's Legacy
Conclusion: Measurement, Theory, and Speculation
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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