A Grand and Bold Thing

A Grand and Bold Thing

An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering in A New Era of Discovery

Book - 2010 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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Finkbeiner tells the extraordinary story of a group of astronomers that decides to create an enormous map of the universe, an extremely detailed computerized observatory.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416552161
1416552162
Branch Call Number: 520.223 F4955G 2010
Characteristics: ix, 223 p. ; 24 cm

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srmechs Jun 22, 2013

This is the story of a vision and its pursuit, of imagination, craftsmanship and passion, of men, women and machines, of tools and plans and overcoming defeats. Was it possible to take a census of the universe, its galaxies and its stars, collecting as detailed information as possible. Was it then possible to collect all that information into a data base that would be open to all astronomers! Beyond belief at first, then underway – the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - has changed the way many astronomers work today
It isn’t the easiest book to read, but it is well worth while. I’ve just finished my second reading (one right after the other) and enjoyed both experiences. There is a beautiful website about it. Take a look even if you don’t tackle the book. Its address is: sdss.org

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