The Sleepwalkers

A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe

Ranked #53 in Cosmology, Ranked #55 in History Of Sciencesee more rankings.

An extraordinary history of humanity's changing vision of the universe. In this masterly synthesis, Arthur Koestler cuts through the sterile distinction between 'sciences' and 'humanities' to bring to life the whole history of cosmology from the Babylonians to Newton. He shows how the tragic split between science and religion arose and how, in particular, the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He also provides vivid and judicious pen-portraits of a string of great scientists and makes clear the role that political bias... more

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Dava Sobel Even though this came out in the 1950s you still meet people who will talk about it. And for many it was the book that got them interested in astronomy. (Source)

Richard Cohen This classic work has had its share of critics, but as a history of early solar science, which for much of its length it becomes, it is hard to put down. (Source)

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