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Mapping the Heavens – The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos Hardcover – 3 Jun 2016

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"Mapping the Heavens gives a highly readable, insider's view of recent discoveries in astronomy with unusual attention to the instruments used and the human drama of the scientists."-Alan Lightman, author of The Accidental Universe and Einstein's Dream -- Alan Lightman "This excellent book describes the boisterous debates and hard slog whereby our current understanding of the cosmos has emerged. It's especially welcome as a faithful portrayal of how science is actually done."-Martin Rees, author of Just Six Numbers -- Martin Rees "Priyamvada Natarajan's love affair with the heavens began in childhood, continues with her notable work in astrophysics, and is now enhanced with this insightful overview of the hottest topics in astronomy today-including black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and exoplanets. Moreover, she traces how these ideas struggled to get accepted, providing the reader with an excellent peek at how science gets done."-Marcia Bartusiak, author of Black Hole and The Day We Found the Universe -- Marcia Bartusiak "Part history, part science, all illuminating. If you want to understand the greatest ideas that shaped our current cosmic cartography, read this book."-Adam G. Riess, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2011 -- Adam G. Riess "In this delightful tour of the cosmos, Priyamvada Natarajan traces the intellectual journey that has led to today's understanding of the universe. Deftly weaving centuries of scientific progress with the curiosity, skepticism, and fortitude that made such progress possible, Natarajan captures well humanity's passionate drive to discover."-Brian Greene, author of The Hidden Reality and The Elegant Universe -- Brian Greene "Natarajan bring a philosophical and well-informed historical depth to [her topic], consistently tying them in the theme of her passion for mapping... She deals with subjects that are extremely complex but makes them very clear, and the book is packed with well-researched facts,"-Hazel Muir, BBC Sky at Night -- Hazel Muir BBC Sky at Night "By introducing the major players behind each discovery, Natarajan adds a lively human touch to her discussion, reinforcing the dynamism of a field that 'fans human curiosity and is driven by it as well.'"-Publishers Weekly, starred review Publishers Weekly "Fascinating... shows that our current knowledge of our universe keeps on expanding month-to-month... a beautiful book."-Deepak Chopra, via Facebook -- Deepak Chopra via Facebook "Here is an authoritative guide to the major cosmological breakthroughs of the past century. Natarajan writes as an accomplished guide to contemporary astronomy including dark matter and dark energy."-Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics -- Owen Gingerich "Both novel and absorbing ... Her phrase 'Mapping the Heavens' is both literal and metaphorical. Natarajan describes the revolutions that have taken place in our ability to explore the structure of our universe. But the point she makes is deeper. By describing developments in cosmology-including the discovery of other galaxies, the discovery of the expansion of the universe, the existence of dark matter, black holes, and the mysterious dark energy causing the observed expansion of the universe to be speeding up-she succeeds in demonstrating how the progress of fundamental science often challenges the mental 'maps' that scientists conceive to represent their ideas."-Lawrence M. Krauss, New York Review of Books -- Lawrence M. Krauss The New York Review of Books Won an Honorable Mention in the Cosmology and Astronomy category for the 2017 American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE). -- PROSE PROSE "A tour de force of the cosmos... an instructive and thought-provoking exploration of the connections, tensions and mishaps that so often accompany scientific venture."-Lionel London, Physics World -- Lionel London Physics World "I am studying the big picture as thrillingly projected in Mapping the Heavens, a strikingly lucid account of the expansion, not just of the universe, but of the way we have tried to understand it, from the Babylonians to black holes and dark matter."-Richard Holmes, "By the Book," New York Times Book Review -- Richard Holmes New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Priyamvada Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship at the Dark Center, Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and an honorary professorship at the University of Delhi, India.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 June 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300204418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300204414
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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