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Description - Cosmic Imagery by John D. Barrow

We live in a visual age an age of images- iconic, instant and influential. In this remarkable book John Barrow traces their history in order to tell the story of modern science. ertain key images embody our understanding of life and the universe we inhabit. Some, like Robert Hooke s first microscopic views of the natural world, or the stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, were made possible by our new technical capabilities. Others, like the first graph, were breathtakingly simple but perennially useful. Vesalius s haunting pictures of the human anatomy were nothing less than works of art, while the simple diagram now known as Pythagoras' Theorem proved by the ancient Babylonians, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians long before the Greeks themselves lay the foundations for modern mathematics. Many of these images have shattered our preconceptions about the limits and nature of existence- the first breathtaking pictures of the Earth from space stimulated an environmental consciousness that has grown ever since; the mushroom cloud from atomic and nuclear explosions became the ultimate symbol of death and destruction; the flying saucer came to represent the possibili

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224075237
ISBN-10: 0224075233
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 180mm x 42mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the current Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His principal area of scientific research is cosmology, and he is the author of many highly acclaimed books about the nature and significance of modern developments in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, including The Left Hand of Creation; The Origin of the Universe; The Universe that Discovered Itself; The Infinite Book, The Artful Universe Expanded, New Theories of Everything and, most recently, 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know. He is also the author of the award-winning play Infinities.