Astronomy: The Science of the Heavenly Bodies

Девід Пек Тодд Astronomy: The Science of the Heavenly Bodies
ISBN:
2000000001246
Рік видання:
2012 р.
Видавництво:
Project Gutenberg
Автор:
Девід Пек Тодд
Мова:
англійська
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Like life itself we do not know when astronomy began; we cannot conceive a time when it was not. Man of the early stone age must have begun to observe sun, moon, and stars, because all the bodies of the cosmos were there, then as now. With his intellectual birth astronomy was born.

Onward through the childhood of the race he began to think on the things he observed, to make crude records of times and seasons; the Chaldeans and Chinese began each their own system of astronomy, the causes of things and the reasons underlying phenomena began to attract attention, and astronomy was cultivated not for its own sake, but because of its practical utility in supplying the data necessary to accurate astrological prediction. Belief in astrology was universal.

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