Celestial Treasury: From the Music of the Spheres to the Conquest of Space

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 16, 2001 - Art - 207 pages
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Throughout history, the mysterious dark skies have inspired our imaginations in countless ways, influencing our endeavors in science and philosophy, religion, literature, and art. Filled with 380 full-color illustrations, Celestial Treasury shows the influence of astronomical theories and the richness of illustrations in Western civilization through the ages. The authors explore the evolution of our understanding of astronomy and weave together ancient and modern theories in a fascinating narrative. They incorporate a wealth of detail from Greek verse, medieval manuscripts and Victorian poetry with contemporary spacecraft photographs and computer-generated star charts. Celestial Treasury is more than a beautiful book: it answers a variety of questions that have intrigued scientists and laymen for centuries.
  • How did philosophers and scientists try to explain the order that governs celestial motion?
  • How did geometers and artists measure and map the skies?
  • How many different answers have been proposed for the most fundamental of all questions: When and how did Earth come about?
  • Who inhabits the heavens--gods, angels or extraterrestrials? No other book recounts humankind's fascination with the heavens as compellingly as Celestial Treasury. Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Récherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of The Cosmic Background Radiation (Cambridge, 1999), and and The Quest for Unity, (Oxford, 1999 ), as well as many books in French. Jean-Pierre Luminet is a research director of the Centre National pour la Rechérche Scientifique, based at the Paris-Meudon observatory. He is the author of Black Holes, (Cambridge 1992), as well as science documentaries for television.
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    Contents

    Preface
    ii
    The Celestial Hierarchy
    28
    The New Astronomy
    34
    SpaceTime Relativity
    40
    The Fabric of the World
    46
    A Polyhedral Universe
    54
    Quantum Canticle
    62
    Celestial Nomenclature
    80
    The Order of the Creation
    149
    A Modern Cosmogenesis
    156
    The Appearance of Life
    162
    The Sky in
    170
    Man in the
    177
    Towards the Moon
    184
    New Utopias
    194
    Venus Jupiter and the Other Planets
    200

    The Golden
    91
    The Professional Atlases
    109
    The Depths of Space
    118

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    Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of the The Cosmic Background Radiation (1999), and Cosmology: A First Course (1995), both published by Cambridge University Press, and The Quest for Unity published by Oxford University Press (1999), as well as many books in French.

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