|About the Book|
The book and the seriesThis vivid history of astronomy is an account of our growing understanding of our place in a vast and ancient universe. It begins with the role of pre-scientific story-tellers, followed by the first Greek efforts to gain someMoreThe book and the seriesThis vivid history of astronomy is an account of our growing understanding of our place in a vast and ancient universe. It begins with the role of pre-scientific story-tellers, followed by the first Greek efforts to gain some grasp on the structure and size of the cosmos. Most of the early ideas were wrong, focusing on imagined crystal spheres with the Earth at the centre of everything. The book continues with the contributions made to astronomy by such great figures as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton. In his fascinating final chapters Adam Ford explores the universe described by modern astrophysics, and discovers it to be stranger than anything that could have been imagined by the ancient Greeks even in their wilder speculations.HistoryWorlds Pocket History series aims to provide short, clear narrative accounts of important themes in world history. Each book consists of the history itself followed by a detailed timeline of the subject. Together they provide a quick and reliable overview of the subject for anyone, from student of any age to pensioner, who wants to discover what happened and when and why.The authorAdam Ford became an active member of the Lunar Section of the British Astronomical Association when he was still at school. He built his own Newtonian reflecting telescope with a 16-inch mirror and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1960. He has lectured on astronomy in schools around the world, particularly at St Paul’s Girls School, London, where he was chaplain. He is author of Spaceship Earth, a children’s guide to astronomy and of an audio cassette Star Gazers Guide to the Night Sky.