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The Resource Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe, George Johnson

Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe, George Johnson

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Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe
Title
Miss Leavitt's stars
Title remainder
the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe
Statement of responsibility
George Johnson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How big is the universe? In the early twentieth century, scientists took sides. One held that the entire universe was contained in the Milky Way galaxy; their champion was the strong-willed astronomer Harlow Shapley. Another camp believed that the universe was so vast that the Milky Way was just one galaxy among billions--the view that would prevail, proven by the equally headstrong Edwin Hubble. Almost forgotten is the Harvard Observatory Computer--a human number cruncher hired to calculate the positions and luminosities of stars in astronomical photographs--who found the key to the mystery. Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars--those whose brightness rhythmically changes--as a cosmic yardstick. This book is both an account of how we measure the universe, and the moving story of a neglected genius.--From publisher description
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1952 January 20-
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Johnson, George
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Great discoveries
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  • Leavitt, Henrietta Swan
  • Astrometry
  • Astronomical photometry
  • Astronomy
Label
Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe, George Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : the village in the canyon -- Black stars, white nights -- Hunting for variables -- Henrietta's law -- Triangles -- Shapley's ants -- The late, great Milky Way -- In the realm of the nebulae -- The mysterious K -- The cosmic stampede -- Ghost stories -- Epilogue : fire on the mountain
Control code
57557429
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xiv, 162 pages
Isbn
9780393051285
Lccn
2005002823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780393051285
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Miss Leavitt's stars : the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe, George Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : the village in the canyon -- Black stars, white nights -- Hunting for variables -- Henrietta's law -- Triangles -- Shapley's ants -- The late, great Milky Way -- In the realm of the nebulae -- The mysterious K -- The cosmic stampede -- Ghost stories -- Epilogue : fire on the mountain
Control code
57557429
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xiv, 162 pages
Isbn
9780393051285
Lccn
2005002823
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780393051285
Other physical details
illustrations

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