Astronomers' Universe

The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy

Authors: Schultz, David

  • 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
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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. Now known to be about 2½ million light-years away, it appears in the sky to be several times the width of the full Moon under good seeing conditions. The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy examines the astronomical studies of Andromeda and its importance to our developing knowledge of the universe. The book discusses how M31 was described both by the Ancients, but more importantly, by astronomers from the nineteenth century to the present.

While 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 galaxy shattered that image, leading ultimately to the conception of an infinite universe of countless galaxies and vast distances. Even today, M31 is a major focal point for new astronomical discoveries, and it also remains one of the most popular (and rewarding) celestial objects for amateur astronomers to observe and study. This book reveals the little-known history of M31 and the scientists who study it.

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.

About the authors

David Schultz is an avid amateur astronomer with a master's degree in astronomy from James Cook University. He is a Hamline University professor in the School of Business, where he teaches classes in government ethics, public policy, and public administration. He also holds appointments at the Hamline University and Minnesota schools of law, where he teaches election law, professional responsibility, and state constitutional law. Professor Schultz is the author of more than 25 books and 80 articles. In addition to a degree in astronomy, he has a Ph.D. in political science and a law degree from the University of Minnesota, a masters of law from the University of London, a masters degree in political science from Rutgers University, a masters degree in philosophy from Binghamton University, and a bachelors degree in political science and philosophy from Binghamton University.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Wonder of the Andromeda Galaxy

    Schultz, David

    Pages 1-18

  • Early Depictions of Andromeda

    Schultz, David

    Pages 19-44

  • A Single Closed Theory of the Universe

    Schultz, David

    Pages 45-67

  • Andromeda and the Technological Revolution in Astronomy

    Schultz, David

    Pages 69-104

  • Andromeda and Astronomy at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

    Schultz, David

    Pages 105-134

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Astronomy
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-3049-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-3049-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-3048-3
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 271
Number of Illustrations and Tables
67 b/w illustrations, 72 illustrations in colour
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