The sleepwalkers: a history of man's changing vision of the Universe

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Arkana, Mar 1, 1990 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 623 pages
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Bringing the history of cosmology--from the Babylonians to Newton--to life in a masterly synthesis, Koestler shows how the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.

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One of the best and most informative books I have ever read. An excellent book. I borrowed it from a friend but now I have to buy it and own it myself. It worth reading it more than once.

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Inspired survey of some key figures and events in the progression (and sometimes regression) of Western cosmological thought. Probably wouldn't pass nit-picky muster among professional scientists and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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Introduction
15
The Harmony of the Spheres
26
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About the author (1990)

Born in Budapest in 1905, educated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. A communist during the 1930s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in 1938. Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. Released through the last-minute intervention of the British government, he went to France where, the following year, he again was arrested for his political views. Released in 1940, he went to England, where he made his home. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the 20th century. He died in 1983.