The ancient Egyptians regarded the sky as a kind of tent canopy. Thirty centuries later, astronomer William Herschel argued that the sun belongs to a huge. From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a. Coming of Age succeeds brilliantly on both grounds. Mr. Ferris tells his story as if it were an adventure tale, the adventure being man's.
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Ben Kauffman September 23, at 6: It is both pulling us away from nature, and capable of bringing us closer to understanding nature.
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Yes, we may have acquired amazing data about our universe, our planet, and our bodies in the last years but we also must make sense of that information and its context.
I believe we do this by telling stories, by engaging with each other, by making things.
Just as none of us really believe that someone could know everything about us as individuals from what they read on facebook. Natalie "Tschechaniuk" December 7, at I think that reading this book prior to taking astro courses gave me a better understanding of the concepts presented in class.
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The organization of the book is effective because it follows the development of the science of astronomy. As such, it necessarily builds on earlier concepts and the questions raised by answers to questions asked earlier in time.
Overall, this was a great read and a useful text. And yet, even as we've come to realize how much more complex things are than we first realized, we've nonetheless made extraordinary progress in understanding them.
Coming of Age in the Milky Way Summary & Study Guide
Tycho Brahe with his lead nose; Newton practicing alchemy; Einstein with his coming of age in the milky way foibles; etc. Though there must surely be some temptation to demonstrate how remarkable these men's' discoveries were by presenting them in all their complexity, Ferris mercifully presents their ideas in terms that we can usually grasp.
His hypothesis was that there was a realm below the moon and one above it and that there was no great beyond because virtually nothing existed beyond it.
To Aristotle, the stars were stationary objects in the upper realm. Copernicus and Galileo adapted the coming of age in the milky way that the earth was not the center of the universe that it was instead the sun that the earth was subservient to. There were such religious objections to such a theory that Copernicus was reluctant to share his theories and Galileo was arrested by the clergy for advancing them.
The stories of these early astronomers is captured in Ferris' narrative as part of the story of man's relationship with the universe.