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A History of Astronomy

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“A carefully reasoned history of astronomy … clearly the work of a man who loved his subject.” — The Times (London) Literary Supplement.
Few histories of astronomy offer the special human dimension of this book. For Professor Pannekoek (University of Amsterdam), the history of astronomy consists of the growth of man’s concept of his world. The study of the cosmos became an
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1961)
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Written by Dutch council communist and astronomer Anton Pannekoek this book covers the study of the sky and it's contents from the very beginning. The author starts with Ancient Sumer and goes as far as early radioteloscopy. The most fascinating chapters were those about the period from the fall of Rome until Newton. During this time scientists engaged in all sorts of magical thinking which today seem poetic. Exactly how poetic they were in a time where people could be burned alive for presentin ...more
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