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The Alchemy of the Heavens: Searching for Meaning in the Milky Way

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The Alchemy Of The Heavens offers an exciting and accessible survey of what we know about our galaxy.  The home of the earth, the sun, and countless other stars, the Milky Way has long been an object of human fascintation, but it's been in the last forty years that astromoners and astrophysicists have made the most startling discoveries about our galaxy.  Author Ken Croswe ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Anchor (first published April 1st 1995)
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Szplug
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things which lifts human life a little above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
—Steve Weinberg
The universe is alluring beyond all measure, even though, or perhaps because, it is an immensity that—when you try to wrap your head around its unfathomable size, age, composition, origins, purpose—utterly overwhelms one's facilities. It's sufficient both to hammer you with knee-buckling awe and to short all of your
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Carrie
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Best book on understanding the Milky Way.
Carson Stuart
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Outstanding book even though it really needs a second edition. I really enjoyed the mini-biographies of the researchers and details on the conflicts between astronomers.
Jim Anderson
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic history of astronomical research into the Milky Way, ending with a tour of the issues currently facing observational astronomers and how these relate to the attempts to develop a solid cosmological theory of the universe.
Hangci Du
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read in Chinese version.
This book is clear and very easy to understand, it is about the history of researching in to the galaxy.
Jan Maszczyszyn
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The best I ever :read about chemistry of the Universe. Author is a master of explenation .Awesome !
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