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Understanding the Heavens

Thirty Centuries of Astronomical Ideas from Ancient Thinking to Modern Cosmology

  • Jean-Claude Pecker
  • Editors
  • Susan Kaufman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 1-14
  3. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 15-53
  4. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 55-128
  5. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 129-185
  6. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 187-252
  7. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 253-307
  8. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 373-426
  9. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 427-548
  10. Susan Kaufman, Jean-Claude Pecker
    Pages 549-553
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 555-597

About this book

Introduction

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 instrumental developments. Using numerous figures to elucidate the mechanisms involved, the book starts with the astronomical ideas of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian philosophers, moves on to the Greek period, and then to the golden age of astronomy, i.e. to Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, and ends with modern theories of cosmology. Written with undergraduate students in mind, this book gives a fascinating survey of astronomical thinking.

Keywords

Big Bang Cosmology Galileo Galilei Hubble Isaac Newton Natural Sciences Nicolaus Copernicus Renaissance Universe astronomy history of science philosophy of science

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Pecker
    • 1
  1. 1.Collège de FranceAnnexe UlmParis Cedex 05France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-04441-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08325-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04441-4
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