The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy - Edited by Michael HoskinCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper nicked, slightly, at the top corner of the upper panel, a decent copy otherwise.
Contains: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Chronological tables ; Graphs; Colour photographs; Diagrams; Glossary;
From the cover: “Whether or not we are star-gazers, astronomy touches every part of our lives. The calendar by which we live is determined by careful observation over many centuries of the apparent motions of the sky, and our ideas of religion and cosmology are directly influenced by what we know of the patterns of the stars and planets. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy traces the history of astronomy as a science, describing in detail the various discoveries that have led to our current beliefs about space and the universe. It shows how speculations based on sky-gazing have formed part of the essential mythology of societies from the earliest times; reveals astronomy to be an exacting and serious science evolving in tandem with geometry and mathematics; and describes the contributions made by great thinkers such as Pythagoras, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton.”