Classical Astronomy

  • R. C. Smith
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Abstract

Through all the ages the stars have run their courses uninfluenced by man. So the starry heavens have ever symbolized the “Other”—Nature, Deity—the antithesis of the “Self” with its world of inner consciousness, desires, and activities. The history of astronomy forms one of the most stirring chapters in the history of the human spirit. All along the emergence of new modes of thought has interlocked with the discovery of new phenomena, often made with the use of new-fashioned instruments.

Keywords

Convection Ozone Uranium Radioactive Isotope Cretaceous 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. C. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics Building, Astronomy CentreUniversity of SussexFalmer, BrightonEngland

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