Astronomy Through the Ages by Sir Robert Wilson

By Sir Robert Wilson

From an historic viewpoint, this article provides a completely non- mathematical advent to astronomy from the 1st endeavours of the ancients to the present advancements in examine enabled by means of leading edge technological advances. freed from arithmetic and intricate graphs, the e-book however explains deep strategies of house and time, of relativity and quantum mechanics, and of beginning and nature of the universe. It conveys not just the intrinsic fascination of the topic, but in addition the human part and the medical procedure as practised through Kepler, outlined and elucidated via Galileo, after which tested via Newton.

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By Sir Robert Wilson

From an historic viewpoint, this article provides a completely non- mathematical advent to astronomy from the 1st endeavours of the ancients to the present advancements in examine enabled by means of leading edge technological advances. freed from arithmetic and intricate graphs, the e-book however explains deep strategies of house and time, of relativity and quantum mechanics, and of beginning and nature of the universe. It conveys not just the intrinsic fascination of the topic, but in addition the human part and the medical procedure as practised through Kepler, outlined and elucidated via Galileo, after which tested via Newton.

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As related earlier, Ptolemy had been faithful to Aristotle, departing only THE INTERLUDE 33 slightly from his theses when the need to match the observations of Hipparchus demanded. The Muslim astronomers were to be even more faithful to Aristotle, whose statements on cosmology they accepted totally and without question. From the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, they started to question and then criticize Ptolemy for the small adjustments he had made. Before that period the Ptolemaic approach was accepted fully and efforts were concentrated on deriving better values of the basic parameters in order to make the calculations more accurate.

This led the Hebrews to adopt the name of the People of Israel, and the 12 sons of Jacob (by his two wives and their two maids) formed the basis, according to Jewish tradition, of the 12 tribes of Israel between whom property had to be divided. The Hebrews were a nomadic people and were used to roaming through the extensive desert areas that were bordered by the “crescent of fertility”, the strip of agricultural abundance running up from the Nile, through Palestine into Syria and down into the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates.

He took the cosmology of Aristotle and quantified it by using the observations of Hipparchus, supplemented by some of his own. This was an immense task, which he completed successfully, but not without difficulty. The geocentric cosmology placed the stationary Earth at the centre of the sphere, which carried the fixed stars and marked the boundary of the Universe. All the other celestial bodies, the Sun, Moon and planets, were also carried by spheres which caused them to move in circles at constant velocity.

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