Measuring the Universe: The Historical Quest to Quantify Space

Kitty Ferguson

a thrilling & available mixture of background & state of the art technology, this ebook chronicles man's makes an attempt to thrust back the frontiers of knowing. From a librarian in historical Alexandria understanding the circumference of the earth via learning the way in which the daylight fell right into a desolate tract good, via Newton's estimates of the gap to the closest stars, to the newest advancements in theories as to what's past the borders of the observable universe, clever minds have requested questions on our universe, & our position in it. this is often the tale in their look for solutions. The queries variety from the mechanical to the metaphysical, yet all are rooted in centuries-old interest. An event tale that whisks us via three millennia of clinical ingenuity & highbrow historical past.

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