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An introduction to the history of Western astronomy from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid nineteenth century. Emphasis is given to such topics as the merging of Babylonian and Greek astronomy in later Antiquity, Kepler's conversion of astronomy into a branch of dynamics, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.

Product Details

Barcode
9780192803061
Department
Books
Released
8 May 2003
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Michael Hoskin
Subtitle
A Very Short Introduction
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford Univ Pr
Series
Very Short Introductions
Language
English
Number of Pages
123
Dimensions
171 x 108 x 6mm (136g)

Summary

  • This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged
    with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy. This legacy was transmitted to the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus's claim that the Earth is in motion. In justifying this Kepler converted astronomy into a branch of dynamics, leading to Newton's universal law
    of gravity. The book concludes with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century applications of Newton's law, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.
  • This lively and comprehensive book charts the developments in the history of western astronomy from prehistoric times, when farmers used the stars to predict the start of the seasons, through the merging of Babylonian and Greek astronomy, and on to the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century applications of Newton's law.
    Ending his history in the middle of the nineteenth century with the rise of astrophysics, Michael Hoskin looks at the achievements of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Halley, and Newton, whilst touching upon the first exciting post-war explorations of the universe of stars.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Science/Math
BISAC Subject 1
Science / Astronomy
BISAC Subject 2
Science / History
BISAC Subject 3
Science / History
BIC Classification 1
Popular astronomy & space
BIC Classification 2
History of science
BIC Classification 3
Astronomy, space & time
BIC Classification 4
Popular science
BIC Classification 5
History of science
Library Subject 1
Astronomy; History.
Library Subject 2
History
Library Subject 3
Astronomy
Academic Subject 1
History Of Astronomy
Dewey Classification
520.9

Author Bio

Michael Hoskin taught History of Astronomy at Cambridge University for thirty years and was head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. He is a Fellow of Churchill College and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. In 1970 he founded the Journal for the History of Astronomy, which he has edited ever since. He is a former President of the History of Astronomy Commission of the International Astronomical Union, and the only
historian to have given an Invited Discourse to the Union. In 2002 the Union named Minor Planet 12223 'Hoskin' in his honour.

Review Quotes

Packed with information as it is, Hoskin's short introduction makes an astonishingly good read. * Curtis Wilson, JHA *