The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy

The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world and the sciences This book covers the history of the subject from prehistory t

  • Title: The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy
  • Author: Michael Hoskin
  • ISBN: 9780521576000
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world and the sciences This book covers the history of the subject from prehistory through to a survey of modern astronomy sure to be of interest to future historians It does not attempt to cover everything, instead giving extended treatment to the imporAstronomy is one of the oldest sciences, and one which has repeatedly led to fundamental changes in our view of the world and the sciences This book covers the history of the subject from prehistory through to a survey of modern astronomy sure to be of interest to future historians It does not attempt to cover everything, instead giving extended treatment to the important topics in the history of Western astronomy This book is an essential text for students of the history of science, and excellent historical background for students of astronomy.

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    1. A dated but interesting History of Astronomy. Published in 1997, this book goes no further than the 1970's; a disappointment to say the least. The author skipped over anything that required a knowledge of physics which obviously left a great deal of that information out. Interesting and detailed up until the section dealing with Astrophysics, there is a noticeable decline in the remaining text.The book starts out with Stonehenge and moves quickly to Babylon and the Greeks, which is where the tex [...]

    2. I have not read all of this, merely dipped in and out for research purposes. It is a lovely book, lots and lots of pictures and diagrams and neatly set out, but I did have a couple of issues with it. First, it does assume a lot of technical understanding, and I simply don't have it, so there were quite a few sections where I was utterly lost - fascinated, but lost. Secondly, for me it lacked historical context. There is context, but it's primarily astronomical, and I didn't get much of a sense o [...]

    3. Do you like reading about Stonehinge, building customs based on astronomy, ancient Egyptian calendars, beliefs of Copernicus, and the development of telescopes then you'll love this book.

    4. This version doesn't go into the same amount of detail as the Norton History yet when it does cover something fairly technical it is well worded and easier to follow than the Norton book.

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