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History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia (Garland Encyclopedias in the History of Science)
History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia (Garland Encyclopedias in the History of Science) Lankford, John 081530322X 9780815303220 Easy-to-understand essays by experts in the field Tracing the history of the oldest science from the a
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History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia (Garland Encyclopedias in the History of Science) by Lankford, John

Easy-to-understand essays by experts in the field Tracing the history of the oldest science from the ancient world to the space age, this encyclopedia begins with a brilliant synopsis of the development of astronomy from preliterate cultures to the present and ends with the biography of the pioneer astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky. Requiring no advanced knowledge of mathematics or physics it brings together current scholarly thinking and the state of the art of astronomy in over 300 carefully researched and easy-to-grasp essays-each written and signed by an expert. Covers key fields, individuals, and institutions Major entries explore the historical development of the major fields of astronomy: astrophysics, celestial mechanics, solar system astronomy, and the study of variable stars, comets, double stars, and nebulae. Experts discuss the growth of astronomy in nations and regions: United States, Latin America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand. There are biographies of importantindividuals and histories of landmark institutions. The work of top instrument experts Illustrated entries by leading experts on the development of astronomical instrumentation range from the astrolabe to the Hubble Space Telescope. Historians of science discuss important topics in the social history of astronomy, such as the history of amateurs, literature and astronomy, women in astronomy, astronomy and the Roman Catholic Church, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Special features: Covers astronomy from early cultures to the present * Includes more than 300 authoritative essays * Contains biographies of important individuals and histories of landmark institutions * Explores the historical development of the major fields of astronomy * International entries chart astronomy in Latin America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States * Main Selection of the Astronomy Book Club Entries cover fivecategories: Historicaloverviews (calendars, telescopes) * Observatories (Royal Greenwich Observatory, Paris Observatory) * Regional contexts (England, France, China) * Social history (women in astronomy, Copernican Revolution) * Biographies (Euler, Lindblad, Newton

Author: Lankford, John

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 614

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1996-10-01

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