View Out of this World, Thinking Outside the Sphere, and other fascinating online exhibitions through the Linda Hall Library website. Many of the exhibitions include online indices, through which you can see primary sources consulted. These works are available for viewing in the Linda Hall Library Rare Book Room.
"In 1644, René Descartes placed our sun among the stars and appointed them with their own satellites, heralding a dramatic change in our perception of the universe. In the eighteenth century, the sun and other stars were perceived as comprising a star system, resulting in the first map of the galaxy in 1785."
The full text of this exhibition catalog is available for viewing in PDF format.
William B. Ashworth, Jr.
Bruce Bradley and Cynthia Rogers
Nancy Green, Robert Mason, and Jon Rollins