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The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy

Schultz, David

2012, XII, 271p. 139 illus., 72 illus. in color.

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  • An absorbing account of the Milky Way's "galactic twin"
  • Describes how the study of Andromeda Galaxy has led to our current understanding of the nature of the universe and drastically increased our knowledge of the cosmos
  • Focuses on the Andromeda Galaxy from ancient times to the present
  • Draws upon scientific knowledge, amateur astronomy, and pop culture accounts of Andromeda Galaxy to tell the history of astronomy
  • Discusses how new technologies used to study Andromeda have been deployed to explore other objects and expand our knowledge of the Milky Way and the universe
  • Shows how the study of the Andromeda Galaxy was at the center of some of the most contentious debates in astronomy

The Andromeda Galaxy - Messier's M31 - has an almost romantic appeal. It is the most distant object and the only extragalactic object that is visible to the unaided human eye. It is also almost a twin of the Milky Way Galaxy and our neighbor in space, now known to be about 2.5 million light-years away. The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy examines ancient and modern astronomical studies of Andromeda and the galaxy's critical role in the development of the science of astrophysics and our growing knowledge of the universe.

At the start of the twentieth century the universe was thought of as a finite cosmos dominated by the Milky Way. The study of Andromeda shattered that image, leading ultimately to the conception of an infinite universe of countless galaxies and vast distances. Even today, M31 is a major source of new astronomical discoveries, and it also remains one of the most popular (and rewarding) celestial objects for amateur astronomers to observe and study.

Andromeda was once a popular object of folklore and later became central to our understanding of the universe. For all who are interested in astronomy, the skies, and perhaps even the origins of the universe, The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy provides a first-of-its-kind accessible, informative, and highly readable account of how the study and observation of this celestial object has driven the development of astronomy from ancient times to the present.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Andromeda Nebulae - Classification of Galaxies - Edwin Hubble - Extragalactic Astronomy - History of Astronomy - History of Astrophysics - Messier's M31 - Milky Way's Twin - Miss Leavitt's Stars - Modern Astronomy - Nineteenth Century Astronomy - Spiral Galaxies - Twentieth Century Astronomy

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - History of Science - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: The Wonder of Andromeda Galaxy.- Chapter 2: Early Depictions of Andromeda.- Chapter 3: A Single Closed Theory of the Universe.- Chapter 4: Andromeda and the Technological Revolution in Astronomy.- Chapter 5: Andromeda and Astronomy at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.- Chapter 6: The Andromeda Nebula and the Great Island-Universe Debate.- Chapter 7: Edwin Hubble, an Infinite Universe, and the Classification of Galaxies.- Chapter 8: Andromeda, Galactic Redshift, and the Big Bang Theory.- Chapter 9: Andromeda, Cosmology, and Post-World War II Astronomy.- Chapter 10: Astronomy and Andromeda at the Close of the Twentieth Century.- Chapter 11: The Andromeda Galaxy.- References.- Andromeda Statistics.- Index.

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