Cosmic Imagery

Cosmic Imagery

Key Images in the History of Science

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history and influence of some two hundred iconic images that have shaped human conceptions about the universe and our place in it, from the first picture of Earth from space and atomic mushroom clouds to Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings and Robert Hook's microscopic depictions of the natural world. 15,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
We live in a visual age, an age of images—iconic, instant, and influential—that have crystallized our conception of the large, the small, and the complex, of both inner and outer space. Some, like Robert Hooke's first microscopic views of the natural world, arose because of new technical capabilities. Others, like the first graphs, were breathtakingly simple but perennially useful. The first stunning picture of Earth from space stimulated an environmental consciousness that has grown ever since; the mushroom clouds from atomic and nuclear explosions became the ultimate symbol of death and destruction; Mercator's flat map of the Earth cemented an entire worldview. John D. Barrow's collection encompasses the frontiers of modern science and its most memorable historic moments. But this is much more than a picture book. Entertaining and informative essays accompany the powerful display of images that have illuminated concepts of far-reaching significance.
A remarkable book tracing the history and influence of nearly two hundred iconic images that changed human conceptions of the universe and our place in it.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008
Edition: 1st Amer. ed
ISBN: 9780393061772
Characteristics: xv, 608 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), music ; 25 cm


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