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The history of astronomy

Author: Michael Anthony Hoskin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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From the Publisher: 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Anthony Hoskin
ISBN: 0192803069 9780192803061
OCLC Number: 493399470
Description: 1 vol. (123 p.) : ill. ; 18 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
1: Sky in prehistory --
2: Astronomy in antiquity --
3: Astronomy in the Middle Ages --
4: Astronomy transformed --
5: Astronomy in the age of Newton --
6: Exploring the universe of stars --
Epilogue --
Further reading --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Hoskin.
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From prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid nineteenth century, this title offers an introduction to the history of Western astronomy. It focuses on topics as the merging of  Read more...

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

 
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