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Book Title: The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the Universe|
The author of the book: Timothy Ferris
ISBN 13: 9780688031763
Edition: William Morrow & Co.
Date of issue: January 1st 1977
Format files: PDF
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This is a good introduction to the history of Cosmology up to the early 1980's. Ferris takes us on a chronological journey through the development of the the field giving us a very personal perspective of each of the major contributors. He leaves the reader impressed by the great insights of each contributor but also presents their more human flaws and petty rivalries. Along the way we learn a great deal about the impressive explosion of knowledge in Astrophysics and Cosmology and the technological advances that came with them.
While some view this book as outdated, I would disagree. It is mostly a history of Cosmology up to 1983 and as such it is quite accurate. Obviously there have been many developments since then, but this book provides the foundation on which that later knowledge was built. In my view it provides an important historical context to our modern perspective of the cosmos. Knowing the many potentially good ideas that have already been proposed and refuted is just as important to scientific progress as knowing the good ideas that are currently accepted as the best explanation.
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Read information about the authorTimothy Ferris is the author of a dozen books (most recently The Science of Liberty), plus 200 articles and essays, and three documentary films—"The Creation of the Universe," “Life Beyond Earth,” and “Seeing in the Dark”—seen by over 20 million viewers.
Ferris produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact of human civilization containing music and sounds of Earth launched aboard the twin Voyager interstellar spacecraft.
Called “the best popular science writer in the English language” by The Christian Science Monitor and “the best science writer of his generation” by The Washington Post, Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Ferris has taught in five disciplines at four universities. He is currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.