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Great Astronomers

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Great Astronomers by Robert Stawell Ball is a fascinating and informative account of some of the most influential figures in the history of astronomy. From Ptolemy to Copernicus to Galileo, Ball provides detailed biographies of these brilliant minds, offering insight into their discoveries and contributions to our understanding of the universe.

Ball's writing is clear and engaging, making complex scientific concepts accessible to readers of all levels of expertise. He does an excellent job of capturing the excitement and wonder of these astronomers' breakthroughs, while also placing their work in the context of the scientific knowledge of their time.

One of the strengths of this book is Ball's ability to humanize these legendary figures, presenting them as real people with their own personal struggles and triumphs. Through his skillful storytelling, Ball brings these historical figures to life, making their achievements all the more impressive and inspiring.

Overall, Great Astronomers is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of science or the wonders of the cosmos. Ball's passion for his subject shines through on every page, making this book a truly enjoyable and enlightening read.

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Of all the natural sciences there is not one which offers such sublime objects to the attention of the inquirer as does the science of astronomy. From the earliest ages the study of the stars has exercised the same fascination as it possesses at the present day. Among the most primitive peoples, the movements of the sun, the moon, and the stars commanded attention from their supposed influence on human affairs.

From the days of Hipparchus down to the present hour the science of astronomy has steadily grown. One great observer after another has appeared from time to time, to reveal some new phenomenon with regard to the celestial bodies or their movements, while from time to time one commanding intellect after another has arisen to explain the true import of the facts of observations. The history of astronomy thus becomes inseparable from the history of the great men to whose labours its development is due. In the ensuing chapters we have endeavoured to sketch the lives and the work of the great philosophers, by whose labours the science of astronomy has been created. (from the Introduction)

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