The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140192469
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 399,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction
Part One: The Heroic Age
1. Dawn
2. The Harmony of the Spheres
3. The Earth Adrift
4. The Failure of Nerve
5. The Divorce from Reality Chronological Table to Part One
Part Two: Dark Interlude
1. The Rectangular Universe
2. The Walled-in Universe
3. The Universe of the Schoolmen Chronological Table to Part Two
Part Three: The Timid Canon
1. The Life of Copernicus
2. The System of Copernicus Chronological Table to Part Three
Part Four: The Watershed
1. The Young Kepler
2. The "Cosmic Mystery"
3. Growing Pains
4. Tycho de Brahe
5. Tycho and Kepler
6. The Giving of the Laws
7. Kepler Depressed
8. Kepler and Galileo
9. Chaos and Harmony
10. Computing a Bride
11. The Last Years
Part Five: The Parting of the Ways
1. The Burden of Proof
2. The Trial of Galileo
3. The Newtonian Synthesis Chronological Table to Parts Four and Five Epilogue Selected Bibliography Notes Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    The history of science through astronomy

    Koestler goes through the history of astronomy, but the real aim of the book is to help to understand the process of the scientific and creative mind. He centers his attention specially on Kepler's work and life, and through a declared admiration for him he tells us the relationship between Ancient Greek (Pithagorean School above all), Middle Age and Modern Age. 'The Sleepwalkers' has helped me in understanding my own work in music, and it has made many ideas to raise in my mind.

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