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Astronomy and Culture - Greenwood Guides to the Universe (Hardback)
  • Astronomy and Culture - Greenwood Guides to the Universe (Hardback)

Astronomy and Culture - Greenwood Guides to the Universe (Hardback)

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Hardback 231 Pages / Published: 20/05/2009
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While astronomy is a burgeoning science, with tremendous increases in knowledge every year, it also has a tremendous past, one that has altered humanity's understanding of our place in the universe. The impact of astronomy on culture - whether through myths and stories, or through challenges to the intellectual status quo - is incalculable. This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series examines how human cultures, in all regions and time periods, have tried to make sense of the wonders of the universe. Astronomy and Culture shows students how people throughout time have struggled with the complexities apparent in the night sky, complexities that modern science has only just begun to understand.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313345364
Number of pages: 231
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm

"Although slender, this cultural studies guide offers a vibrant outline of astronomy's influence on a variety of societies, from the enigmatic Celtics onward. Independent scholar Edith Hetherington and author Norriss Hetherington (Planetary Motions) divide the book into ten themed chapters, covering subjects as complex and divergent as ancient archaeoastronomy and astronomy's embattled relationship with religion. ...this highly accessible, engaging read is ideal for curious laypeople. Moreover, it is the only astronomy reference to offer such a broad subject survey, expanding its scope beyond a single culture or time period." - Library Journal
"This book introduces the discipline of archaeoastronomy to students and scholars by reviewing ancient mythologies about the universe, revealing Babylonian concepts of astronomy, charting the development of calendars and documenting the Copernican and Newtonian Revolutions. The authors also discuss the precarious relationship between religion and astronomy such as the debate between creationism and evolution." - Reference & Research Book News
"When a book crosses disciplines it is important to have quality collaboration. This combination of an English scholar and an astronomer makes science accessible and accurate." - ARBAonline
"Astronomy and Culture is a book of exceptional breadth. . . . The book's cultural approach could fill a void in available resources on the history of astronomy for undergraduates, who could benefit from the annotated bibliography and the recommended reading for each chapter. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." - Choice

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