The fascinating and widely popular subject of astronomy is introduced in this book in an unusually accessible way. In an historical perspective, warmly enriched by the special attention paid to the lives of the individuals involved, Professor Sir Robert Wilson presents an entirely non-mathematical introduction to astronomy, from the first endeavours of the ancients, to the latest exciting developments in research enabled by cutting-edge technological advances. The book starts with the first serious observations by the Babylonians in 5000BC (driven by astrology), then the Egyptians, followed by the great intellectual revolution of the Ancient Greeks in the first millennium BC, which defined the basis of astronomy (and science in general) for 2000 years.
Free of mathematics and complex graphs, the book nevertheless explains with great care and clarity deep concepts of space and time, of relativity and quantum mechanics, and of the origin and nature of the Universe. Arising out of a course for non-science students, it is presented as a story of human investigations into astronomy through the ages and it encompasses many more topics than a course would ever cover. It conveys not only the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also its human side and the scientific method practised by Kepler, defined and elucidated by Galileo, and then brilliantly demonstrated by Newton. The book is sure to appeal to widely to anyone with an interest in astronomy and the history of scientific endeavour.
- An entirely non-mathematical introduction to astronomy with an historical perspective
- The human side of the story is highlighted throughout
- A perfect first book on this widely popular subject - ideal for the non-specialist reader
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Taylor & Francis
August 21, 1997
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