Behind the crystal ball: magic, science, and the occult from antiquity through the New Age

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Times Books, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 406 pages
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times to the present, magic and science have always been intertwined. In this fascinating book, astronomer/anthropologist Anthony Aveni conducts a whirlwind tour of occult practices--from astrology, alchemy, and phrenology to psychokinesis, crystals, and channeling--and finds that many of magic's ancient rites have been revived and reexamined in the New Age.

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Review: Behind the Crystal Ball : Magic, Science, and the Occult from Antiquity through the New Age

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

i really think this book has a lot of interesting information, however it took me a long time to get through it. I like reading about historical information probably because i like discovering how ... Read full review

Review: Behind the Crystal Ball : Magic, Science, and the Occult from Antiquity through the New Age

User Review  - Autumn - Goodreads

I could not finish this book. The topic is fascinating, but the writing is extremely dry, and the topics do not flow together well. I'd rather read other books on some of the subjects covered in the book. Read full review

Contents

MAGIC IN ANTIQUITY
15
The Greek Paradox Magic Confronts Science
24
Magic in the Roman Empire
42
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About the author (1996)

Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University and the author of several books, including Empires of Time and Conversing with the Planets.

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