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Apr 02, 2016 Manny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone seriously interested in the history of science
This book, which I had never even heard of, cost me a few francs at one of the second-hand stalls at the market, and it could easily have sat on our shelf for the next five years without being looked at; it didn't seem like anything special. But when I opened it the other day, I immediately discovered that my first impression had been quite wrong. Berry has written a truly excellent one-volume history of astronomy, and it was apparently a standard text for nearly fifty years after it first ...more
I read this a tiny bit at a time, and it is written well for that sort of reading, with 320 numbered sections. I noted to myself some time ago that there was a lot I did not know about astronomy, and this book has given me a lot of facts and things to think about. It was written in 1898, so some of it is a bit out-of-date, but I didn't find that detracted much. Overall, I think this would be a great read when paired with another book on modern astronomy.