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The human cosmos : civilization and the stars

Author: Jo Marchant
Publisher: New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2021. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Dutton trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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A historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are—our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Marchant, Jo, 1973-
The human cosmos
New York : Dutton, Penguin Random House LLC, [2020]
(DLC) 2020004944
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Marchant
ISBN: 9780593183045 0593183045 9780593183014 0593183010 9780593183021 0593183029
OCLC Number: 1275392442
Description: xiv, 386 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Myth --
Land --
Fate --
Faith --
Time --
Ocean --
Power --
Light --
Art --
Life --
Aliens --
Mind --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Jo Marchant.

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A historically unprecedented disconnect between humanity and the heavens has opened. Jo Marchant's book can begin to heal it. For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are—our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. It's a disconnect with a dire cost.Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king—the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Indeed, in most countries, modern light pollution obscures much of the night sky from view. Jo Marchant's spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe-inspiring view you can ever see: looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life.To show us how, Jo Marchant takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at Newgrange, Ireland. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. The cosmically liberating, summary revelation is that star-gazing made us human. --

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