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Kosmos: a Course of Six Lectures on the Development of our Insight into the Structure of the Universe, delivered for the Lowell Institute in Boston in November 1931

Nature volume 131, pages 487489 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



THIS book affords the world an opportunity of knowing Prof, de Sitter for what his many friends have long known him to be, a great lover of science and a great lover of art. De Sitter speaks to the English-speaking peoples in a tongue which is not his own by birth, but which he uses with an unstrained eloquence that brings vivid pleasure. He does so by right of his own distinguished contributions to a great subject; and he conceals his weight of technical learning under an appealing simplicity of diction. In these lectures not only astronomers and astrophysicists but also all inquirers after knowledge are shown plainly what de Sitter thinks about the world and why he thinks it worth while to go on thinking about the world. We have here no attempt to stun the reader by force of huge distances, no attempt to drug him with doses of inconceivable periods of time. The book gives the real reasons why men working at astronomical science have drawn the picture as they present it to-day.

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