In Cosmos, John North offers a sweeping overview of the two sciences that define our place in the universe: astronomy and cosmology. Cosmos moves from astronomy’s prehistoric beginnings to its use by the great ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, the Americas, and Rome. The innovations of master astronomers is described in detail, along with modern-day developments such as the advent of radio astronomy, the brilliant innovations of Einstein, and the many recent discoveries made with the help of the Hubble telescope. This new edition brings North’s seminal book right up to the present day, as North takes a closer look at last year’s reclassification of Pluto as a “dwarf” planet and gives a thorough overview of current research.
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