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Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe / George Johnson
Books/Textual Material | Atlas Books/W.W. Norton & Company | 2005 | 1st ed.
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New York : Atlas Books/W.W. Norton & Company, [2005]
Descript
xiv, 162 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-150) and index.
Contents
Prologue : the village in the canyon -- Black stars, white nights -- Hunting for variables -- Henrietta's law -- Triangles -- Shapley's ants -- The late, great Milky Way -- In the realm of the nebulae -- The mysterious K -- The cosmic stampede -- Ghost stories -- Epilogue : fire on the mountain.
Summary
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 Shapley. 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. This book is both an account of how we measure the universe, and the moving story of a neglected genius.--From publisher description.
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0393051285
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9780393328561
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9780393051285
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OCoLC
20161031021858.0
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