Michael begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history - how we came to understand that our planet was not at the centre of everything in the cosmos, but just one of ... See full summary »

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Michael Mosley ...
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Allan Chapman ...
Himself - University of Oxford (as Dr Allan Chapman)
Francesco Palla ...
Himself - INAF, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (as Prof Francesco Palla)
Michael Wright ...
Himself - Imperial College, London
Romano Zen ...
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Michael begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history - how we came to understand that our planet was not at the centre of everything in the cosmos, but just one of billions of bodies in a vast and expanding universe. He reveals the critical role of medieval astrologers in changing our view of the heavens, and the surprising connections to the upheavals of the Renaissance, the growth of coffee shops and Californian oil and railway barons. Michael shows how important the practical skills of craftsmen have been to this story and finds out how Galileo made his telescope to peer at the heavens and by doing so helped change our view of the universe forever. Written by Anonymous

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27 April 2010 (UK)  »

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