The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction



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    The history of astronomy a very short introduction Very Short Introductions 88 , Michael HoskinFrom 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 w The history of astronomy a very short introduction Very Short Introductions 88 , Michael HoskinFrom 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 the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus s claim that the Earth is in motion In justifying this Kepler converted astronomy into a branch of dynamics, leading to Newton s universal law of gravity The book concludes with eighteenth and nineteenth century applications of Newton s law, and the first explorations of the universe of stars 2015 1393 178 9786005492774 21


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    Things to remember Astronomers were not studying the objects in the sky, they were studying the light that they could see Astronomy ceased to exist as such when mathematics and physics came into play to study light The ancient, classic, middle age, renaissance, and modern astronomers used ingenious methods to learn as much as they could about the planets, wanderers, starts, stable ones, asteroids, and comets It was a good listen.


  3. says:

    Delivers on what you would expect an easily readable very short introduction to the history astronomy


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    How did our knowledge of the stars and heavens advance from the Greeks through to the present day A very Western view of astronomy, this is none the less a very interesting overview of the history of the subject, last until the early 19th centruy when large parts of astronomy became astro physics.


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    Again, great information but very dryly written.


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    The book I read to research this post was The History Of Astronomy A Very Short Introduction by Michael Hoskin which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle These books are part of a series where a complex subject is written in around 150 pages by an expert as an introduction to it They are pretty good books and I have reviewed quite a lot of them on this site This book looks at the history of astronomy from ancient times to the modern day In ancient times 2 types of people needed as The book I read to research this post was The History Of Astronomy A Very Short Introduction by Michael Hoskin which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle These books are part of a series where a complex subject is written in around 150 pages by an expert as an introduction to it They are pretty good books and I have reviewed quite a lot of them on this site This book looks at the history of astronomy from ancient times to the modern day In ancient times 2 types of people needed astronomical knowledge which were farmers and navigators Navigators particularly at sea didn t possess maps and needed to know what direction they were going in Farmers needed to know when to do things like plant crops so they could get a good harvest It was known that around the end of the sun blocked Sirius the brightest star in the sky and that at the beginning of the year this star would become visible known as the heliacol cycle If this happened a day late it meant it was a leap year This was because the sun does not complete its yearly cycle in exactly 365 days but a few hours over it Stonehenge it s thought was primarily built to help people interpret the times of the year and is aligned to the various phases in the sky to help farmers with their planting etc Something that later became very controversial was whether the Earth was the centre of the solar system or whether the planets revolved around the Sun People like Galileo observed that Mars appeared to go backwards in its orbit which was obviously because it was in a further out orbit than the Earth and the Earth was overtaking Mercury Venus always appeared to be close to the sun and appeared to disappear for part of the year obviously when they orbited behind the Sun Newton discovered that Jupiter Saturn were massive planets using mathematical means which also explained why they were such slow moving planets I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it I would definitely recommend it


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    I thought this was really pretty good It s not very detailed as one would imagine from the title It s hard to say whether this would be a good place to start for a beginner It might be At the very least, it would prompt further questioning I thought the description of precession could have been better, but his discussion of spectroscopy was quite good.I really enjoyed the addition of the Isalmic influence on astronomy during the Middle Ages Again, it s not super detailed but pretty interes I thought this was really pretty good It s not very detailed as one would imagine from the title It s hard to say whether this would be a good place to start for a beginner It might be At the very least, it would prompt further questioning I thought the description of precession could have been better, but his discussion of spectroscopy was quite good.I really enjoyed the addition of the Isalmic influence on astronomy during the Middle Ages Again, it s not super detailed but pretty interesting nonetheless He doesn t go beyond the 19th century in this little history And he tends to jump around a bit between the later centuries, taking it inof a conceptual progression rather than a narrative progression if that even makes sense


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    Hoskin s review of the History of Astronomy is informative and fairly easy to read He introduces all of the major players of astronomy Newton, Galileo, Kepler, etc while examining humankind s interest in the stars since the beginining of written history It get s a little bit technical or mathy at times, but for the most part it s an easy and interesting read for the layman astronomer.


  9. says:

    A really fascinating and short guide that doesn t use too much mathematics to make its points very clear picture of the development of celestial observation in the western world.


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