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The historical and social implications of the telescope and that instruments modern-day significance are brought into startling focus in this fascinating account.

When Galileo looked to the sky with his perspicillum, or spyglass, roughly 400 years ago, he could not have fathomed the amount of change his astonishing findings a seemingly flat moon magically transformed into a dynamic, crater-filled orb and a large, black sky suddenly held millions of galaxies would have on civilizations. Reflecting on how Galileo's world compares with contemporary society, this insightful analysis deftly moves from the cutting-edge technology available in 17th-century Europe to the unbelievable phenomena discovered during the last 50 years, documenting important astronomical advances and the effects they have had over the years.

©2009 Stephen P. Maran and Laurence A. Marschall (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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an eye opening experience of what is beyond our boundaries of earth and how religion held back advancement.

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  • 05-07-2012

Old and new info.

It's an OK read. I bought on a $5 sale and I am not let down. It is easy to understand and a healthy mix of information bot old and new. It's a nice book for kids 8 to 80.