The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction (Unabridged)
Written By: Michael Hoskin
Written By: Marc Vietor
Length:3 hours and 46 min.
Customer Rating :3.67
This is a fascinating introduction to the annals of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century.
Historical records are first uncovered in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical way of culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy. This heritage was transmitted to the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus's declare that the Earth is in movement. In justifying this, Kepler transformed astronomy into a department of dynamics, leading to Newton's universal law of gravitation. The novel ends with 18th- and 19th-century applications of Newton's legislation, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.