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Bringing the history of cosmology--from the Babylonians to Newton--to life in a masterly synthesis, Koestler shows how the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.

Synopsis:

This book is intended to be a concise account of the history of science in Western civilization from the Babylonians to Newton. Koestler attempts to demonstrate that during this period the astronomer as philospher enabled the peaceful co-existence of science and humanities in one vocation.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [555]-557) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part One: The Heroic Age

1. Dawn

2. The Harmony of the Spheres

3. The Earth Adrift

4. The Failure of Nerve

5. The Divorce from Reality

Chronological Table to Part One

Part Two: Dark Interlude

1. The Rectangular Universe

2. The Walled-in Universe

3. The Universe of the Schoolmen

Chronological Table to Part Two

Part Three: The Timid Canon

1. The Life of Copernicus

2. The System of Copernicus

Chronological Table to Part Three

Part Four: The Watershed

1. The Young Kepler

2. The "Cosmic Mystery"

3. Growing Pains

4. Tycho de Brahe

5. Tycho and Kepler

6. The Giving of the Laws

7. Kepler Depressed

8. Kepler and Galileo

9. Chaos and Harmony

10. Computing a Bride

11. The Last Years

Part Five: The Parting of the Ways

1. The Burden of Proof

2. The Trial of Galileo

3. The Newtonian Synthesis

Chronological Table to Parts Four and Five

Epilogue

Selected Bibliography

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140192469
Introduction:
Butterfield, Herbert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Butterfield, Herbert
Introduction:
Butterfield, Herbert
Author:
Koestler, Arthur
Author:
Butterfield, Herbert
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Religion and science -- History.
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Astronomy -- History.
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
120
Publication Date:
19900631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7.52x5.42x1.03 in. .86 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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