|Author||: Jean-Claude Pecker|
|Publisher||: Springer Science & Business Media|
|Total Pages||: 597|
|ISBN 10||: 9783662044414|
|ISBN 13||: 3662044412|
|Language||: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL|
The author, a well-known astronomer himself, describes the evolution of astronomical ideas, touching only lightly on most of the instrumental developments. Richly illustrated, the book starts with the astronomical ideas of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian philosophers, moves on to the Greek period and then on to the golden age of astronomy, that of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton. Finally, Pecker concludes with modern theories of cosmology. Written with astronomy undergraduates in mind, this is a fascinating survey of astronomical thinking.