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The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Hoskin

May 2003

ISBN: 9780192803061

136 pages

In Stock

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



An introduction to the history of Western astronomy from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid nineteenth century. Emphasis is given to such topics as the merging of Babylonian and Greek astronomy in later Antiquity, Kepler's conversion of astronomy into a branch of dynamics, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.

  • The only short introduction to this subject
  • Focuses on the major developments of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton and beyond
  • Looks at astronomy in antiquity: the Egyptians and the Greeks: Aristotle, Plato, Eudoxus, Hipparchus
  • Final chapter on the directions that the subject has taken since 1950

About the Author(s)

Michael Hoskin, Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

    1:The Sky in Prehistory
    2:Astronomy in Antiquity
    3:Astronomy in Middle Ages
    4:Astronomy Transformed
    5:Astronomy in the Age of Newton
    6:Exploring the Universe of Stars
    Further Reading


Packed with information as it is, Hoskin's short introduction makes an astonishingly good read. - Curtis Wilson, JHA

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