Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
by N. S. Hetherington, W. P. McCray
Publisher: American Institute of Physics 2009
From the ancient Greeks to the Hubble Space Telescope - the story of the colorful individuals, startling ideas and ingenious tools that brought us knowledge of the vast and strange universe we inhabit. Written by leading historians of astronomy, richly illustrated.
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