Mapping the heavens gives a highly readable insiders view of recent discoveries in astronomy with unusual attention to the instruments used and the human drama of the scientists alan lightman author of the accidental universe and einsteins dream. Priyamvada naterajan is the winner of the 2018 gustav ranis international book prize for mapping the heavens the radical scientific ideas that reveal the cosmos mapping the heavens gives a highly readable . Mapping the heavens provides a solid summary for the layman of the current state of cosmology and our understanding of the universe and its component parts its bolstered by a friendly and slighty quirky narrative voice which attempts to be inclusive in its telling. In mapping the heavens she stands back and presents a broad picture of our slow advance in measuring and then interpreting the complexity of the universe considering humanity in relation to the universe natarajan explains that we have very little idea of where we are going. The most ambitious mapping of the heavens ever undertaken is about to start from a remote observatory in new mexico using the most complex camera ever built the 77 million project called the
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