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Book 207: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science  by Richard Holmes

Finished reading on March 30th, 2016

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Book Review

It is the 266th birthday of Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer. Some facts:

-She was the only woman to receive the gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society from its inception until 1996… 58 more words

New Science

SCIENCE, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

March 13th in history:

Attorney Clarence Darrow, the defense lawyer at the Scopes “Monkey” trial, died on this date in 1938. It was exactly 13 years after the day the Tennessee House voted to ban the teaching of evolution in state schools. 77 more words

Today In History

Stardust and Wonder

Monday Morning Musings:

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“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”

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Poetry

Telescope

It is almost time for Twilight at the Museums, where the consortium of Cambridge museums stays open to the witching hour of, um, half past eight. 270 more words

January 11 - Oberon and Titania

January 11th 1787 was a good day for William Herschel.  Not many of us get to discover even one major moon in a lifetime, but on this particular day in history Herschel was fortunate enough to find both the largest moon of Uranus, … 187 more words

Astronomy

The Distance Modulus Method

One of the fundamental requirements for astronomy to work as a science is the need to accurately measure the distances to objects. Astronomers have developed a series of methods for measuring stellar and cosmic distances, which fit together and inform each other. 1,340 more words