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The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky: Astrology and the Art of Prediction

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David Berlinski explains the power of humanity's oldest predictive system in this stunning and original new book. Astrology began at the dawn of time and over the centuries became a complex system with gifted seers often achieving results of eerie accuracy. For most of recorded history, astrologers have been found at the elbows of the rich and the powerful. However, Newton ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published October 13th 2003)
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Al Bità
I must admit that I enjoyed reading this imaginative reconstruction of the lives and work of astrologers (mostly) and some astronomers over some four thousand years of history. Berlinski’s style is beguiling, with a touch of literary aloofness, so it tends to read more like a novel than a history. It should be obvious to the reader that, in order to cover such a vast amount of time within 285 pages (including the endnotes), Berlinski has had to be very selective in his choice of representatives ...more
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Rhyd Wildermuth
Narrative history, perhaps--you need to be a particular sort of person to read Berlinsky: Reject science but be fascinated by it. Be obsessed with our collective memory loss, the certainty that came about only forty years ago that we've conquered superstition and now all embrace empirical, objective science.

If you're that sort (I am, quite), you might enjoy this. I did, but i also still believe in fairies.
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David Berlinski is a senior fellow in the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

Recent articles by Berlinski have been prominently featured in Commentary, Forbes ASAP, and the Boston Review. Two of his articles, “On the Origins of the Mind” (November 2004) and “What Brings a World into Being” (March 2001), have been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing 2005, edited by A
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