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The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and Cosmology Hardcover – Jun 15 2006

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  • Hardcover: 565 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521474361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521474368
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,501,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is written in a clear, concise manner at a level suitable for undergraduates...With its exhaustive bibliography and careful indexing, this excellent book is destined to be come an important and familiar resource." -- Choice

"...Malcolm Longair has written a very timely book, directed toward students, researchers, and lecturers; I enjoyed experiencing all three roles while reading it. It is a lucid and in-depth presentation of the subject and introduces topics at various levels of complexity.... Longair's style very effectively engages the reader in the story of this wonderful adventure of the human mind."
Riccardo Giacconi, Physics Today

2007 Outstanding Academic Title -- Choice Magazine

"...a sweeping overview of our progress in understanding the univesre, made during the 20th century...I found this book to be an excellent overview." --Review from the Online Bookstore of the American Association of Variable Star Observers

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The twentieth-century witnessed the development of astrophysics and cosmology from subjects which scarcely existed to two of the most exciting areas of contemporary scientific inquiry. This book reviews the historical development of the subjects, to show how they have led to the extraordinarily rich panorama of modern astrophysics and cosmology.

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