Saturday, April 16, 2011

Galileo and 400 Years of Telescopic Astronomy (2010)

Format : PDF
Author :  Peter Grego and David Mannion
Publisher : Springer
ISBN 978-1-4419-5570-8
e-ISBN 978-1-4419-5592-0
Size :  15 Mb

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Galileo Galilei’s life and work is one of the great dramas of science,
part success and part near-tragedy. His name is honoured,
and remembered, by the naming of 2009 – the 400th anniversary of
his seminal observations. Galileo’s work marks the starting point
of an in-depth study of the history of astronomy by David Mannion
and Peter Grego – and what a study it is.
The scholarship in this book is excellent. Although a book for
school and amateurs – of which there are very many in the world –
the depth of treatment is considerable. Nevertheless, all can read
it with both pleasure and instruction. The audience should also
include professional scientists, indeed anyone with an enquiring
mind will find considerable pleasure in its pages.
An unusual but useful feature are the frequent “projects” that
the reader is invited to carry out.
The historical chapters form a fine introduction to the eventual
description of contemporary astronomy with its own excitements
and puzzles.
Galileo Galilei would have been proud of the modern astronomers
and also, I think, of Mannion and Grego – who have described
so well his discoveries and the exciting science to which they led.

Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS,
14th Astronomer Royal
July 23, 2009

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