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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 ; London : Springer, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Claude Pecker; Susan Kaufman
ISBN: 3540631984 9783540631989
OCLC Number: 1055978203
Description: 597 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Jean-Claude Pecker ; edited by Susan Kaufman.

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