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- DescriptionFor millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In Cosmos , he offers a sweeping historical survey of the two sciences that help define our place in the universe: astromy and cosmology.Organizing his history chrologically, North begins by examining Paleolithic cave drawings that clearly chart the phases of the moon. He then investigates scientific practices in the early civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas, whose inhabitants developed sophisticated methods to record the movements of the planets and stars. Trade routes and religious movements, North tes, brought these ancient styles of scientific thinking to the attention of later astromers, whose own theories - such as Copernicus' planetary theory - led to the Scientific Revolution.The work of master astromers, including Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, is described in detail, as are modern-day developments in astrophysics, such as the advent of radio astromy, the brilliant invations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries brought about with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North's seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year's reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.With more than two hundred illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography, Cosmos is the definitive history of astromy and cosmology. It is sure to find an eager audience among historians of science and astromers alike.
- Author BiographyJohn North is professor emeritus at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He is the author of many books, including The Measure of the Universe: A History of Modern Cosmology, The Ambassadors' Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance, and, most recently, God's Clockmaker: Richard Wallingford and the Invention of Time.
- Author(s)John North
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication18/07/2008
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note21 colour plates, 201 halftones, 73 line drawings
- Weight1584 g
- Width182 mm
- Height256 mm
- Spine48 mm
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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