This book traces out the unfolding history of important discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics, and anchors our present understanding of the Universe within the findings and personalities of accomplished astronomers. They have used telescopes and instruments to extend our vision to places that cannot be seen with the unaided eye, discovered a host of unanticipated objects, found out how various parts of the night sky are related, and discovered that the Universe is larger, more complex, and older than has been previously thought. This comprehensive historical approach to the present state of astronomy is a unique aspect of the book.
1. The Earth Moves
Contents: IntroductionEverything Moves:The Earth MovesGravity Guides Movement and Bends Space-TimeMotion within MatterHow Light Moves Through Space and Interacts with MatterThe Stars are MovingThe Universe is Expanding and Breaking AwayNothing Stays the Same:Natural History of the StarsHow the Sun and Planets Came into BeingThe Ways Stars ShineThe Paths of Stellar LifeThe Ways Stars DieDarkness Made VisiblePrimordial LightThe Origin of the Chemical ElementsReferences and NotesAuthor IndexSubject Index
Readership: Students and teachers, also suitable for the general public, together with astronomy enthusiasts.
Astronomy;Astrophysics;History0Key Features:There are no books of modern astronomy that include the four unique aspects (historical development, motion and change, personal story-centric, and beliefs)Includes complete references and notes that can be used for further explorations by curious readers and studentsThe general educated reader is going to find this of captivating interest