Astronomy Through the Ages: The Story Of The Human Attempt To Understand The Universe

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CRC Press, 2003 M05 20 - 320 pages
From an historical perspective, this text presents an entirely non- mathematical introduction to astronomy from the first endeavours of the ancients to the current developments in research enabled by cutting edge technological advances. Free of mathematics and complex graphs, the book nevertheless explains deep concepts of space and time, of relativity and quantum mechanics, and of origin and nature of the universe. It conveys not only the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also the human side and the scientific method as practised by Kepler, defined and elucidated by Galileo, and then demonstrated by Newton.
 

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Contents

PART I THE EARLY DEVELOPMENTS IN ASTRONOMY
1
PART II THE ERA OF THE TELESCOPE
62
PART III MODERN ASTRONOMY
115
Epilogue
187
Bibliography
203
Index
204

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Wilson, Sir Robert

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