Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology

3.94 avg rating
( 16 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780226594415: Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology

For millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In Cosmos, he offers a sweeping historical survey of the two sciences that help define our place in the universe: astronomy and cosmology.
            Organizing his history chronologically, North begins by examining Paleolithic cave drawings that clearly chart the phases of the moon. He then investigates scientific practices in the early civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas (among others), whose inhabitants developed sophisticated methods to record the movements of the planets and stars. Trade routes and religious movements, North notes, brought these ancient styles of scientific thinking to the attention of later astronomers, whose own theories—such as Copernicus’ planetary theory—led to the Scientific Revolution.
            The work of master astronomers, including Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, is described in detail, as are modern-day developments in astrophysics, such as the advent of radio astronomy, the brilliant innovations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries brought about with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North’s seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year’s reclassification of Pluto as a “dwarf” planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.
            With more than two hundred illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography, Cosmos is the definitive history of astronomy and cosmology. It is sure to find an eager audience among historians of science and astronomers alike.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John North (1934-2008) was professor emeritus at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He was the author of many books, including The Measure of the Universe: A History of Modern Cosmology, The Ambassadors’ Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance, and, most recently, God’s Clockmaker: Richard Wallingford and the Invention of Time.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

North, John
Published by Univ of Chicago
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Chicago. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2096934

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

North, John
Published by The University of Chicago Press 2008-07-18, Chicago, IL (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press 2008-07-18, Chicago, IL, 2008. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780226594415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

North, John
Published by University Of Chicago Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: List of Illustrations List of Plates Credits Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Present Edition Note on Numbers and Units Introduction 1 PREHISTORIC ASTRONOMY 2 ANCIENT EGYPT 3 MESOPOTAMIA 4 THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLDS 5 CHINA AND JAPAN 6 PRE-COLUMBIAN AMERICA 7 INDIAN AND PERSIAN ASTRONOMY 8 EASTERN ISLAM 9 WESTERN ISLAM AND CHRISTIAN SPAIN 10 MEDIEVAL AND EARLY RENAISSANCE EUROPE 11 COPERNICUS' PLANETARY THEORY 12 THE NEW EMPIRICISM 13 THE RISE OF PHYSICAL ASTRONOMY 14 NEW ASTRONOMICAL PROBLEMS 15 PRECISION AND THE NEW ASTROPHYSICS 16 GALAXIES, STARS, AND ATOMS 17 THE RENEWAL OF COSMOLOGY 18 RADIO ASTRONOMY 19 OBSERVATORIES IN SPACE 20 MACROCOSM AND MICROCOSM Bibliographical Survey Index. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0226594416

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 49.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

North, John
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised edition. 254 x 180 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. For millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In Cosmos , he offers a sweeping historical survey of the two sciences that help define our place in the universe: astronomy and cosmology.Organizing his history chronologically, North begins by examining Paleolithic cave drawings that clearly chart the phases of the moon. He then investigates scientific practices in the early civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas, whose inhabitants developed sophisticated methods to record the movements of the planets and stars. Trade routes and religious movements, North notes, brought these ancient styles of scientific thinking to the attention of later astronomers, whose own theories - such as Copernicus planetary theory - led to the Scientific Revolution.The work of master astronomers, including Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, is described in detail, as are modern-day developments in astrophysics, such as the advent of radio astronomy, the brilliant innovations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries brought about with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North s seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year s reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.With more than two hundred illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography, Cosmos is the definitive history of astronomy and cosmology. It is sure to find an eager audience among historians of science and astronomers alike. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780226594415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 50.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

North, John
Published by University Of Chicago Press, U.S.A. (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 11
Seller
deepknowledgebooks
(Bexhill-On-Sea, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Of Chicago Press, U.S.A., 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Ships From The UK. Bookseller Inventory # 6571

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 38.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 13.12
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

North, John
Published by The University of Chicago Press, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised edition. 254 x 180 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. For millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In Cosmos , he offers a sweeping historical survey of the two sciences that help define our place in the universe: astronomy and cosmology.Organizing his history chronologically, North begins by examining Paleolithic cave drawings that clearly chart the phases of the moon. He then investigates scientific practices in the early civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas, whose inhabitants developed sophisticated methods to record the movements of the planets and stars. Trade routes and religious movements, North notes, brought these ancient styles of scientific thinking to the attention of later astronomers, whose own theories - such as Copernicus planetary theory - led to the Scientific Revolution.The work of master astronomers, including Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, is described in detail, as are modern-day developments in astrophysics, such as the advent of radio astronomy, the brilliant innovations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries brought about with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North s seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year s reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.With more than two hundred illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography, Cosmos is the definitive history of astronomy and cosmology. It is sure to find an eager audience among historians of science and astronomers alike. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780226594415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

North, John
Published by University of Chicago press
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0226594416

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

North, John
Published by University of Chicago Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago Press, 2008. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # WG-9780226594415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.82
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

North, John
Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description The University of Chicago Press. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Cosmos: An Illustrated History of Astronomy and Cosmology (Revised edition), John North, For millennia humans have studied the skies to help them grow crops, navigate the seas, and earn favor from their gods. We still look to the stars today for answers to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? Will it end, and if so, how? What is our place within it? John North has been examining such questions for decades. In "Cosmos", he offers a sweeping historical survey of the two sciences that help define our place in the universe: astronomy and cosmology.Organizing his history chronologically, North begins by examining Paleolithic cave drawings that clearly chart the phases of the moon. He then investigates scientific practices in the early civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, and the Americas, whose inhabitants developed sophisticated methods to record the movements of the planets and stars. Trade routes and religious movements, North notes, brought these ancient styles of scientific thinking to the attention of later astronomers, whose own theories - such as Copernicus' planetary theory - led to the Scientific Revolution.The work of master astronomers, including Ptolemy, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, is described in detail, as are modern-day developments in astrophysics, such as the advent of radio astronomy, the brilliant innovations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries brought about with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North's seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year's reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.With more than two hundred illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography, "Cosmos" is the definitive history of astronomy and cosmology. It is sure to find an eager audience among historians of science and astronomers alike. Bookseller Inventory # B9780226594415

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.80
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

North, John
ISBN 10: 0226594416 ISBN 13: 9780226594415
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 97802265944150000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 55.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book