Celestial Treasury. From the music of the spheres to the conquest of space (Relié)

Marc Lachièze-Rey, Jean-Pierre Luminet

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  • Paru le : 30/06/2001
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THROUGHOUT HISTORY, the dark night skies, the planets, and the starry universe have inspired the human imagination in countless ways. The cosmic backdrop beyond our own world has been a ceaseless source of inspiration in art and literature, in philosophy and religion, and in science and cosmology. From the dawn of civilisation, humans have attempted to understand both the context and the place of their lives in the universe. An epic trajectory connects the divine perfections of the universe as understood in Ancient Greece to the chaotic dynamics of the Big Bang universe in the 21st century. That journey through time and space is marked by a rich heritage of art, mapmaking, imagery, and space-age photography. Celestial Treasury showcases the beauty of images of the universe and the way they have evolved with time. Images of the universe often convey more than physical information, because they can have an emotional and aesthetic effect on the viewer. Celestial Treasury balances science and beauty by showing how the development of our present understanding of the universe was inspired by literature, the fine arts, and philosophy. The four hundred illustrations encompass beautiful Greek vases, rare medieval manuscripts, exquisite engravings in early printed books, superb cartography, spectacular astronomical photographs, exotic planetary landscapes, and computer simulations. These images from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the present superbly illustrate the many-faceted advances in our understanding of the cosmos. Four main topics unify the presentation. These are: the different mechanical schemes for understanding planetary motion; representation of the sky and the universe through maps and globes; creation traditions; and mythological traditions. Celestial Treasury is a sumptuous survey of the iconography, the mythology, and the science of the cosmos.
    • Geometry and the Cosmos
    • The celestial hierarchy
    • The grandeur of space
    • Finite or infinite?
    • The fabric of the world
    • Celestial music
    • World system
    • Mapping the sky
    • Celestial nomenclature
    • The anatomy of celestial atlases
    • The depths of space
    • From myth to myth
    • Chaos and metamorphosis
    • Time and of the creation
    • The creator
    • The order of the creation
    • The creation in the Renaissance
    • The date of the creation
    • The nebular hypothesis
    • The Big Bang
    • A modern cosmogenesis
    • Man beneath the sky
    • The sky in man
    • Man in the sky
    • Worlds in the sky
  • Date de parution : 30/06/2001
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-80040-4
  • EAN : 9780521800402
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 207 pages
  • Poids : 1.84 Kg
  • Dimensions : 27,0 cm × 37,5 cm × 2,0 cm
Celestial Treasury is written by two astrophysicists who are eager to share the modern scientific view of the universe with the general public. Both authors hold distinguished positions as Research Directors for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Marc Lachièze-Rey is at the Saclay Research Centre, where his research interests include cosmology and gravitation. His writing includes popular science and textbooks. Jean-Pierre Luminet is based at the Paris-Meudon Observatory. His vast output has included not only research papers, but six popular science books, poetry, film scripts, essays, and a novel. Minor Planet 5523 was named Luminet by the International Astronomical Union.

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