Of Stars and Men: The Human Response to an Expanding Universe


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With wit and lucidity Harlow Shapley asserts that man is not the center of the universe, nor, in all likelihood, is man alone. Dr. Shapley’s ingenious speculations about the cosmos blend with the imaginative color illustrations of Richard C. Bartlett to produce the “cosmic poetry” of Of Star and Men. The author explains how we on earth move in the outer part of the galaxy which in turn is only one among billions of star-rich galaxies; that there are a hundred million planets capable of supporting highly developed forms of life. Some predictions about the “cosmic” future are made, after a review of the history of the past. Dr. Shapley’s authoritative theories challenge many present-day earthbound postulates in science, religion, and philosophy.

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Copyright © 1958 by Harlow Shapley

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