Against a sweeping backdrop filled with kidnappings, dramatic rescue, swordplay, madness, and bitter rivalry, Alan W. Hirshfeld brings to life the heroes -- and heroines -- of this remarkable chapter in history. Characters include the destitute boy plucked from a collapsed building who grew up to become the world's greatest telescope maker; the hot-tempered Dane whose nose was lopped off in a duel over mathematics; a merchant's apprentice forced to choose between the lure of money and his passion for astronomy; and the musician who astounded the world by discovering a new planet from his own backyard.
Generously illustrated with period engravings and paintings, Parallax is an unforgettable ride through time and space.
About: Follows the nineteenth-century race to discover how to measure the distance to a star, profiling such contributors as a destitute boy who became a foremost telescope maker, a hot-tempered Dane who lost his nose in a mathematics duel, and a musician who discovered a planet from his backyard.
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