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Throughout history, the mysterious dark skies have inspired our imaginations in countless ways, influencing our endeavors in science and philosophy, religion, literature, and art. Filled with 380 full-color illustrations, Celestial Treasury shows the influence of astronomical theories and the richness of illustrations in Western civilization through the ages. The authors explore the evolution of our understanding of astronomy and weave together ancient and modern theories in a fascinating narrative. They incorporate a wealth of detail from Greek verse, medieval manuscripts and Victorian poetry with contemporary spacecraft photographs and computer-generated star charts. Celestial Treasury is more than a beautiful book: it answers a variety of questions that have intrigued scientists and laymen for centuries.
Part I. Celestial Harmony: 1. Geometry and the cosmos; 2. The celestial hierarchy; 3. The grandeur of space; 4. Finite or infinite?; 5. The structure of the world; 6. Celestial music; 7. World systems; Part II. Uranometry: 8. Mapping the sky; 9. Naming the stars; 10. The development of celestial atlases; 11. The depths of space; Part III. The Creation: 12. From myth to myth; 13. The metamorphosis of chaos; 14. Time and creation; 15. The Creator; 16. The order of creation; 17. The date of creation; 18. The theory of evolution; 19. The Big Bang; 20. A modern creation; Part IV. Creatures of the Sky: 21. Humanity beneath the sky; 22. The sky in humanity; 23. Humanity in the sky; 24. The worlds in the sky.