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Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Henry Holt & Co
Publication date May 1, 2002
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805071337
ISBN-10 0805071334
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $16.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
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. Reprint. 12,500 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
How can we measure the distance to a star? Beginning in ancient Greece, history's greatest scientific minds applied themselves to the problem in vain. Not until the nineteenth century would three men, armed with the best telescopes of their age, race to conquer this astronomical Everest. Parallax tells the fast-moving story of their contest, which ended in a dead heat.

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.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780716737117
 
from W H Freeman & Co (April 1, 2001)
9780716737117 | details & prices | 314 pages | 6.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $23.95
About: In the dramatic tradition of the best-selling Longitude, Parallax charts the historical path of observational astronomy’s most daunting challenge: measuring the distance to a star.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780486490939 Book cover for 9780805071337
 
Rev upd edition from Dover Pubns (September 19, 2013)
9780486490939 | details & prices | 316 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.94 lbs | List price $19.95
About: "Astronomy is a foundation stone in our self-image as a species, and Parallax does an outstanding job showing us how that stone was laid.
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Reprint edition from Henry Holt & Co (May 1, 2002)
9780805071337 | details & prices | 5.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
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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