|Books : Educational : English
Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries
by Govert Schilling
Springer | April 2011 | ISBN 978-1-4419-7810-3 | PDF | 234 Pages | 93.5 mb
Four hundred years ago in Middelburg, in the Netherlands, the telescope was invented. The invention unleashed a revolution in the exploration of the universe. Galileo Galilei discovered mountains on the Moon, spots on the Sun, and moons around Jupiter. Christiaan Huygens saw details on Mars and rings around Saturn. William Herschel discovered a new planet and mapped binary stars and nebulae. Other astronomers determined the distances to stars, unraveled the structure of the Milky Way, and discovered the expansion of the universe. And, as telescopes became bigger and more powerful, astronomers delved deeper into the mysteries of the cosmos. In his Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries, astronomy journalist Govert Schilling tells the story of 400 years of telescopic astronomy. He looks at the 100 most important discoveries since the invention of the telescope.
In his direct and accessible style, the author takes his readers on an exciting journey encompassing the highlights of four centuries of astronomy. Spectacular photographs, taken with the largest telescopes on Earth and in space, portray the most distant corners of the universe.
About the author
Govert Schilling (1956) is an internationally acclaimed astronomy writer in the Netherlands. He is a contributing editor of Sky & Telescope, and his articles have appeared in Science, New Scientist and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. He wrote over fifty books (in Dutch) on a wide variety of astronomical topics, some of which have been translated into English, including Evolving Cosmos, Flash! The Hunt for the Biggest Explosions in the Universe, The Hunt for Planet X, and Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries. In 2007, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid (10986) Govert after him.
page 1-4 The Dawn of Astronomy
page 5-32 1608 - 1708 New Vistas and Cosmic Laws
page 33-52 1708 - 1808 Swarms of Stars on a Three-Dimensional Stage
page 53-88 1808 - 1908 Paving the Way for Major Theoretical Breakthroughs
page 89-134 1908 - 1958 A Speck of Cosmic Dust in an Evolving Cosmos
page 135-224 1958 - 2008 Revolutionary Discoveries in a Mysterious Universe
page 227 Index