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Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology

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For millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In Cosmos, he offers a sweeping ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by University of Chicago Press
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Daniel Silveyra
I didn't actually finish this book

I've always been interested in the history of science, and as astronomy has been one of the earliest applications of mathematics it is particularly relevant. So when I heard about this book (it is supposedly the magnum opus of the field) I ponied up the cash.

Well, it turns out to be something more of an encyclopedia.

A lot of history of science books attempt to highlight the progression of ideas or paradigms through history; this makes it easier on the reader,
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Steve Walker
Excellent 2nd edition of a very detailed history of astronomy. The late Professor North did an excellent job of not only outlining the western history of astronomy, but also describing the rise of the astronomy in the Middle East and Asia. Recommend this book very much. Prof. North passed away in October of 2008. It is sad to realize that his pen is now still.
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John David North, FBA (19 May 1934 31 October 2008) was an historian of science, whose speciality was the history of astronomy and cosmology, publishing strikingly original interpretations of Chaucer, Holbein and Richard of Wallingford as well as numerous works on archaeology, literature and art. He was appointed Librarian and Assistant Curator at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, ...more

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