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Title Star theatre : the story of the planetarium / William Firebrace.
Author Firebrace, William, author.
Publication London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Description 229 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Call # 520.74 F
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-219) and index.
Contents Missing planet -- 1. Holy, rough, immediate -- 2. Planetary projection -- 3. Red star, white star -- 4. Outer paths -- 5. Visible, invisible -- Timeline of principal planetariums -- Principal planetariums of architectural interest.
Summary Most of us can recall a childhood visit to a planetarium: the sense of anticipation, the room darkening, the stars coming up, the voice of the astronomer. In the planetarium, the wondrous complexity of the cosmos combines with entertainment in a theatre of the night. But how and where did the planetarium originate? What kind of simulation of the solar system and the universe does the planetarium produce? How does the planetarium mix theatre with science? And how has it changed with developments in astronomy? Star Theatre explores the history of this unique building, designed to reveal the universe around us on an ever-expanding scale. It traces its historical origins, from the early precedents for the planetarium, to its invention in Germany in the 1920s, its developments in the USSR and the United States, its expansion across the globe at the time of the space race and the evolution of the contemporary planetarium in the recent period of startling astronomical and cosmological discoveries. This concise, well-illustrated history will appeal to planetarium lovers as well as those interested in astronomy, architecture, theatre and cinema.
Subject Planetariums.
Planetariums -- History.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching -- History.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching. (OCoLC)fst00819733
Planetariums. (OCoLC)fst01065109
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Title Star theater
ISBN 9781780238357 (hardcover)
1780238355 (hardcover)

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