The Norton History of Astronomy and Cosmology
In this book, the author recounts the development of celestial knowledge from prehistory to Stephen Hawking and the Hubble Space Telescope, from the megalithic observatory at Stonehenge, through the great early civilizations of the Maya, Egypt, and China, to the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and the scientists of our own day. The result is a brilliant, engaging history of humanity's quest to understand its place in the cosmos.
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