The Fabric of the Heavens: The Development of Astronomy and Dynamics / Edition 1

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Overview

Conceived as three companion volumes that form an introduction to the central ideas of the modern natural sciences, these books—intelligent, informative, and accessible—are an excellent source for those who have no technical knowledge of the subject.

Praise for The Fabric of the Heavens:

"I cannot remember when I last went through a book, any book, with such all-devouring zest. What is more, even the most complex technicalities are reduced to a positively crystalline clarity: If I can understand them, anyone can. The Fabric of the Heavens is, in every sense of the word, an eye-opener."—Peter Green, The Yorkshire Post

"Not until the last chapter of the book is [the reader] allowed to think again wholly as a modern man has become accustomed, by common sense, to think. The discipline is admirably suited to the authors' task, and cunningly devised for the reader's edification—and, indeed, for his delight."—Physics Today

Praise for The Architecture of Matter:

"The Architecture of Matter is to be warmly recommended. It is that rare achievement, a lively book which at the same time takes the fullest possible advantage of scholarly knowledge."—Charles C. Gillespie, New York Times Book Review

"One is impressed by the felicity of the examples and by the lively clarity with which significant experiments and ideas are explained. . . . No other history of science is so consistently challenging."—Scientific American

Praise for The Discovery of Time:

"A subject of absorbing interest . . . is presented not as a history of science, but as a chapter in the history of ideas from the ancient Greeks to our own time."—Times Literary Supplement

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Green
I cannot remember when I last went through a book, any book, with such all-devouring zest. What is more, even the most complex technicalities are reduced to a positively crystalline clarity: If I can under stand them, anyone can. The Fabric of the Heavens is, in every sense of the word, an eye-opener.
Yorkshire Post
Physics Today
Not until the last chapter of the book is [the reader] allowed to think again wholly as a modern man has become accustomed, by common sense, to think. The discipline is admirably suited to the authors' task, and cunningly devised for the reader's edification--and, indeed, for his delight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226808482
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Authors' Foreword General Introduction: Cosmology
Part I: The Sources of the Old Order
1. Celestial Forecasting The Sources The Problems The Background of the Problems The Solution to the Problems The Wider Issues
How the Babylonians Computed Conjunctions
2. The Invention of Theory The Sources The Background The Character of Greek Theory The First Theories From Ingredients to Axioms Plato's Geometrical Astronomy
3. The Premature Synthesis Aristotle's Programme Motion and Change The Celestial Mechanism
The Size of the Earth's Sphere
4. Doubters and Heretics Patching up the Dynamics Amending the Astronomy Aristarchos' Heliocentric Theory
5. Physics Loses Momentum Four Questions The Political Background to Late Greek Astronomy The Scientific Background: The Retreat from Physics The Scientific Background: An Acquisition Ptolemy's Mathematical Astronomy The Wider Revolt against Philosophy
Archimedes and the Circle
Part II: The New Perspective and Its Consequences
6. The Interregnum The Roundabout Journey The Mediaeval Revival The Background to Copernicus Mediaeval Arguments about the Moving Earth Copernicus: His Aim and his Theory Copernicus: His Achievement
7. Preparing the Ground The Background of the New Science The Work of Tycho Brahe Galileo's Telescopic Discoveries Johann Kepler's Astronomical Physics
8. The Creation of Mechanics The Change from Aristotle to Newton Treating Motion Mathematically Motion and Force The New Ideal: Straight-Line Motion
9. The New Picture Takes Shape The Man and his Task Newton's Argument The Character of Newton's Achievement The Unity of Craft and Theory
10. The Widening Horizon The Loose Ends: (1) Planetary Inequalities The Loose Ends: (2) The Mechanism of Gravity The Larger-Scale Picture The Wider Influences of Newton Certainty and Scientific Theory Index

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