Dispatches from Planet 3 by Marcia Bartusiak

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An award-winning science writer, Marcia Bartusiak has the knowledge and the enthusiasm to make even complex principles of quantum theory accessible and fascinating to non-scientists. In the thirty-three essays gathered as Dispatches from Planet 3 (Yale, $26), she gives us a thorough grounding in the history of astronomy, tracing its many revolutions from heliocentrism to the discoveries of double stars, supernovae, spiral galaxies, and the whole expanding universe. Each discussion traces the science as well as the impact of the ideas themselves, showing how our evolving understanding of physical phenomena affected our sense of our place in the universe—and in turn led to our next foray into the unknown. As she traces the evolution of cosmology, Bartusiak chronicles the major questions scientists asked and how they answered them, details the technological advances that made key discoveries possible, summarizes the debates surrounding revelations that were often as unsettling as they were thrilling, and profiles the key thinkers involved. Her account is especially valuable for introducing many women scientists-- Beatrice Tinsley, Vera Rubin, Margaret Burbidge, and Henrietta Swann Leavitt, whose work is probably familiar, but whose names are not.

Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780300235746
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Published: Yale University Press - September 18th, 2018

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