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The Moon and the Western Imagination
The Moon is at once a face with a thousand expressions and the archetypal planet. Throughout history it has been gazed upon by people of every culture in every walk of life. From early perceptions of the Moon as an abode of divine forces, humanity has in turn accepted the mathematized Moon of the Greeks, the naturalistic lunar portrait of Jan van Eyck, and the telescopic v ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by The University of Arizona Press
(first published January 1st 1999)
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I had Scott Montgomery as a college professor and he assigned his book. It was interesting and opened a perspective I hadn't really considered before. I found the language in the book overly flowery most of the time, though, which annoyed me.
I just finished reading this book. Some of the reviews have praised the book as 'accessible' and 'a pleasure to read.' For me, it was a real struggle, as I found the language impenetrable and the history difficult to assimilate. I suppose it's partly my own fault--when I began the book I expected and wanted a book focusing on the astronomical history of the moon, but that's not what it is. Astronomy is part of the book, of course, but even as the telescope begins to play a major part, the fact ...more