The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology

The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology

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What is our place in the cosmos? How big is the universe? No science has a more ancient lineage, or a greater capacity to awaken our sense of wonder, than astronomy and cosmology. With a witty and accessible style, John North tracks the development of celestial knowledge from prehistory to Stephen Hawking and the Hubble Space Telescope. North shows how the seasonal motions of sun, moon, and stars triggered the first efforts at systematic astronomy, from the megalithic observatory at Stonehenge to the achievements of astronomers in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, India, China, and Central and South America. He recounts how, despite false starts, blind alleys, and missed connections, astronomical knowledge slowly accumulated until the synthesis of Islamic and medieval Christian science set the stage for the revolution in understanding brought about by Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. Carrying this fascinating scientific journey through to the present, North tells how the insights of Einstein and others transformed the Newtonian universe into one of relativity, quantum particles, black holes, and the big bang. The result is a brilliant, engaging history of humanity's quest to understand how the universe works.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1994, c1995
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393036565
0393036561
9780393311938
0393311937
Branch Call Number: 523.1 N865
Characteristics: xxvii, 697 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Porter, Roy 1946-2002
Alternative Title: Astronomy and cosmology

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