The Sleepwalkers: A History Of Man's Changing Vision Of The Universe by Arthur Koestler

The Sleepwalkers: A History Of Man's Changing Vision Of The Universe

byArthur KoestlerIntroduction byHerbert Butterfield

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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 and unconscious prejudice played in their creativity.

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Arthur Koestler was born on September 5, 1905 in Budapest, Hungary and studied at the University of Vienna. Koestler was a Middle East correspondent for several German newspapers, wrote for the Manchester Guardian, the London Times and the New York Herald Tribune. Koestler wrote Darkness at Noon, which centers on the destructiveness of...
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Title:The Sleepwalkers: A History Of Man's Changing Vision Of The UniverseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.4 inPublished:June 5, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140192468

ISBN - 13:9780140192469

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Table of Contents

The Sleepwalkers - Arthur Koestler Preface
Introduction
Part One: The Heroic Age
1. Dawn
2. The Harmony of the Spheres
3. The Earth Adrift
4. The Failure of Nerve
5. The Divorce from Reality
Chronological Table to Part One
Part Two: Dark Interlude
1. The Rectangular Universe
2. The Walled-in Universe
3. The Universe of the Schoolmen
Chronological Table to Part Two
Part Three: The Timid Canon
1. The Life of Copernicus
2. The System of Copernicus
Chronological Table to Part Three
Part Four: The Watershed
1. The Young Kepler
2. The "Cosmic Mystery"
3. Growing Pains
4. Tycho de Brahe
5. Tycho and Kepler
6. The Giving of the Laws
7. Kepler Depressed
8. Kepler and Galileo
9. Chaos and Harmony
10. Computing a Bride
11. The Last Years
Part Five: The Parting of the Ways
1. The Burden of Proof
2. The Trial of Galileo
3. The Newtonian Synthesis
Chronological Table to Parts Four and Five
Epilogue
Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index

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Bringing the history of cosmology--from the Babylonians to Newton--to life in a masterly synthesis, Koestler shows how the modern world-view replaced the medieval world-view in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century