By Peter Grego, David Mannion
In 1609 Galileo first used his telescope to kick commence the technology of observational astronomy - an occasion that proved to be of huge ancient, clinical, and cultural significance. Galileo and four hundred Years of Telescopic Astronomy will function the lifestyles and achievements of Galileo, round which has pivoted the tale of 4 centuries of telescopic astronomy. The e-book will element how astronomy has advanced via 4 centuries and include glimpses of destiny house learn and astronomy pursuits. Uniquely, interwoven with the textual content should be a number functional tasks for yard astronomers during which to take part, tasks that serve to demonstrate a lot of Galileo's medical discoveries.
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