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A passion for the planets : envisioning other worlds, from the Pleistocene to the age of the telescope

Author: William Sheehan
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2010.
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Astronomy is by far the most popular of the physical sciences, enticing enough to become a major cultural preoccupation for many, and for some an enthralling scientific activity which veritably rules their lives. What is the nature of that seemingly unstoppable attraction? In this lively and compelling account, William Sheehan - professional psychiatrist, noted historian of astronomy, and incurable observer -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sheehan, William, 1954-
Passion for the planets.
New York : Springer, ©2010
(OCoLC)495780940
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Sheehan
ISBN: 9781441959713 1441959718 9781441959706 144195970X
OCLC Number: 663093740
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 217 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Beginnings --
By Passion Driven --
Nomads --
Innana's Antics --
Pure Ambrosia --
Revolutions --
A Passion in Bohemia --
Moon Over Padua --
Figures of Cynthia --
Afterglow.
Responsibility: William Sheehan.

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This volume tells the story of man's visual exploration of the planets. It travels across the historical landscape, from the earliest origins of man's compulsion to observe the planets to the great  Read more...

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