ISBN13:978-0521576000 ISBN10: 0521576008 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521572910 ISBN10: 0521572916
Summary: Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world. This book covers the history of our study of the cosmos from prehistory to a survey of modern astronomy and astrophysics. It does not attempt to cover everything, but deliberately concentrates on the important themes and topics, including stellar astronomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--the source of many important concepts in moder
n astronomy--and the Copernican revolution, which led to the challenge of ancient authorities in many areas other than astronomy. This is an essential text for students of the history of science and for students of astronomy who require a historical background to their studies.
Summary: Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world. This book covers the history of our study of the cosmos from prehistory to a survey of modern astronomy and astrophysics. It does not attempt to cover everything, but deliberately concentrates on the important themes and topics, including stellar astronomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--the source of many important concepts in modern astronomy--and the Copernican revolution, which led to the challenge of ancient authorities in many areas other than astronomy. This is an essential text for students of the history of science and for students of astronomy who require a historical background to their studies. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:99 Cover: Publisher:Cambridge University Press Year Published: 1999 International: No
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1. Astronomy before history Clive Ruggles and Michael Hoskin 2 Astronomy in antiquity Michael Hoskin 3. Astronomy in China Christopher Cullen 4. Islamic astronomy Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich 5. The Astrolabe Michael Hoskin 6. Medieval Latin astronomy Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich 7. From geometry to physics: astronomy transformed Michael Hoskin 8. The refracting telescope in the seventeenth century J. A. Bennett 9. Newton and Newtonianism Michael Hoskin 10. The astronomy of the universe of stars Michael Hoskin 11. The message of starlight: the rise of astrophysics David Dewhirst and Michael Hoskin 12. Astronomy's widening horizons Michael Hoskin and Owen Gingerich
Reference Guide Chronology Glossary Further reading Picture acknowledgments Index.
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