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History of Astronomy

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Published (first published January 1st 1909)
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Nathan Jerpe
Interesting little book I downloaded from Gutenberg covering the history of astronomy up to 1909 or so.

Of course the two pillars of modern physics, quantum mechanics & relativity, are absent, and this makes for some fascinating differences in perspective. Newton and his Laws of Gravitation are held as unassailable. The greatest "modern" advances are held to be the invention of the spectroscope (with Frauenhofer's emission lines) and photography as we know it today. I find it interesting tha
Pablo Flores
Apr 05, 2013 Pablo Flores rated it liked it
Instructive, generally fun for its genre, a bit boring at times (when the writer goes over minutiae). It's very interesting to see how the focus of astronomy has been shifting from the determination of ephemerides to cataloguing to detailed observation to actual hypotheses about the workings of planets and stars. Forbes actually rages about what he sees as empty speculation defiling the pristine status of astronomy as "the most exact of sciences". It's 1909 so speculation is all anybody's got ab ...more
Very outdated information but good for historical reading. The working hypotheses offered on the book may or may not be ones that have been found accurate.
Fortunately for this non mathematically and scientifically minded person (me) there is minimal jargon in either of those disciplines. There are many names given, as well as their import, that I don't think are mentioned often in the history of this science. I say that simply based on my own personal exposure.
The writing was well done in my o
Dec 30, 2012 Diego rated it really liked it
Cuenta la historia del desarrollo de la astronomía en distintas etapas, desde Babilonia y China hasta el estudio geométrico de la bóveda celeste realizado por los griegos como Pitagoras, Euclides, Anaxagaras, Anaximandro etc, continua hacia la revolución ocurrida próxima y durante el renacimiento con Copernico, Tycho Brahe,Keppler hasta el desarrollo de los instrumentos astronómicos y demostraciones matemáticas de Laplace, Lagrange y otros durante de los siglos XVIII y XIX
Aug 14, 2013 Pamela rated it it was ok
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I had to slog through the second half of this one. The first half of the book wasn't bad through Newton although he made many disbaraging remarks about the state of the science to that point. After that point the writer did a lot of name dropping without explaination of who they were and discussions of the minute improvements instead of sticking to broader themes that you would expect in a history.
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