Shrouds Of The Night: Masks of the Milky Way and Our Awesome New View of Galaxies

Hardcover | December 2, 2008

byDavid L. Block, Kenneth Freeman

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The Milky Way has captivated the mind of multitudes ever since the beginning of time. Particularly striking are its apparent dusty gaping voids. With the advent of near-infrared technology, astronomers have discovered an awesome new view of its structure, and of the structure of other galaxies around us. Galaxies are encased within Shrouds of the Night: shrouds or veils of cosmic dust, which have given us a totally incomplete picture of what our majestic Universe actually looks like. In this book, we feature some of the remarkable early photographic work of masters such as Isaac Roberts and Edward Barnard, before presenting to the reader the unmasked (dust penetrated) view of our cosmos, using some of the world's largest ground and space-based telescopes.

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The Milky Way has captivated the mind of multitudes ever since the beginning of time. Particularly striking are its apparent dusty gaping voids. With the advent of near-infrared technology, astronomers have discovered an awesome new view of its structure, and of the structure of other galaxies around us. Galaxies are encased within Shr...

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The Milky Way has captivated the mind of multitudes ever since the beginning of time. Particularly striking are its apparent dusty gaping voids. With the advent of near-infrared technology, astronomers have discovered an awesome new view of its structure, and of the structure of other galaxies around us. Galaxies are encased within shr...

David Block is Director of the Anglo American Cosmic Dust Laboratory and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a visiting astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, the Institute of Astronomy (Hawaii) and the Center for Astrophysics at Ha...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 3.44 × 2.5 × 0.27 inPublished:December 2, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038778974X

ISBN - 13:9780387789743

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The Milky Way has captivated the mind of multitudes ever since the beginning of time. Particularly striking are its apparent dusty gaping voids. With the advent of near-infrared technology, astronomers have discovered an awesome new view of its structure, and of the structure of other galaxies around us. Galaxies are encased within Shrouds of the Night: shrouds or veils of cosmic dust, which have given us a totally incomplete picture of what our majestic Universe actually looks like. In this book, we feature some of the remarkable early photographic work of masters such as Isaac Roberts and Edward Barnard, before presenting to the reader the unmasked (dust penetrated) view of our cosmos, using some of the world's largest ground and space-based telescopes."'Shrouds of the night' sounds like the title for some supernatural mystery. But when you open up David Block and Kenneth Freeman's big new book you find... Well, a supernatural mystery. [.] Not another photo compilation - but a history, a celebration, and a score or more of quite luminous speculations. It's a look far out in space, and back in time, and deep inside ourselves and our capacity for inquiry and wonder. Our greatest scientific minds share its pages with our most suggestive literary voices. And such is its subject and its coauthors' own imaginative powers, that it rises not infrequently to the level of poetry itself. It is no surprise those you would expect to find in a book like this - Einstein and Newton, Copernicus and Galileo, Kepler and Hawking - all make their appearance, but it is quite a surprise, and a delight to hear from T.S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett, Mark Twain and Albert Camus, Tagore and Proust as well, and to take a trip not only to Andromeda, but also to New Guinea, and to gaze upon the moon in Africa. A creation of many parts, you might think. Yet like creation Itself, a harmonious whole." (Richard Kaplan of the Harvard Coop book shop)