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Understanding the Heavens : Thirty Centuries of Astronomical Ideas from Ancient Thinking to Modern Cosmology

Author: Jean-Claude Pecker; Susan Kaufman
Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint : Springer, 2001.
Series: Physics and astronomy online library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astronomy is the oldest and most fundamental of the natural sciences. From the early beginnings of civilization astronomers have attempted to explain not only what the Universe is and how it works, but also how it started, how it evolved to the present day, and how it will develop in the future. The author, a well-known astronomer himself, describes the evolution of astronomical ideas, briefly discussing most of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Claude Pecker; Susan Kaufman
ISBN: 9783662044414 3662044412 9783642083259 3642083250
OCLC Number: 840302445
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (XIII, 597 pages 256 illustrations)
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction and Perspectives --
Before the Classical Greek Period --
Classical Greek Astronomy --
Ptolemy's Astronomy Questioned --
The Period of Renaissance --
Dynamics Enters Astronomy: From Galileo to Newton --
From Pre-Galilean Astronomy to the Hubble Space Telescope and Beyond --
Modern Cosmolgy --
Cosmologies of Today and Tomorrow.
Series Title: Physics and astronomy online library.
Responsibility: by Jean-Claude Pecker ; edited by Susan Kaufman.

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The author, a well-known astronomer himself, describes the evolution of astronomical ideas, touching only lightly on most of the instrumental developments.  Read more...

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