The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking

Synopsis

What is the cosmos? How did it come into being? How are we related to it, and what is our place in it? The Book of the Cosmos assembles for the first time in one volume the great minds of the Western world who have considered these questions from biblical times to the present. It is a book of many authors -- Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Galileo are here, of course, in all their genius, but so are Edgar Allan Poe, Annie Jump Cannon (a "human computer" and lyrical classifier of stars), and Sir Martin Rees, who proposes an "ensemble of universes" of which ours happens to be among the most interesting.

In these pages the universe is made and unmade in a variety of configurations; it spins along on superstrings, teems with intelligent life, and could end without warning. The Book of the Cosmos provides a thrilling read to set the heart racing and the mind soaring.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Torah
  • Sacred Poetry
  • Apocrypha
  • New Testament
  • Heraclitus
  • Torah
  • Sacred Poetry
  • Apocrypha
  • New Testament
  • Heraclitus
  • Parmenides
  • Empedocles
  • Anaxagoras
  • Leucippus
  • Democritus
  • Epicurus
  • Lucretius
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Aristarchus
  • Archimedes
  • Eratosthenes
  • Cicero
  • Plutarch
  • Claudius Ptolemy
  • Proclus
  • Martianus Capella
  • Boethius
  • Moses Maimonides
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Nicole Oresme
  • Nicholas Cusanus
  • Nicholas Copernicus
  • Fernand Hallyn
  • Thomas Kuhn
  • John Calvin
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Tycho Brahe
  • Thomas Digges
  • Giordano Bruno
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Samuel Edgerton
  • Tommaso Campanella
  • Robert Burton
  • John Wilkins
  • René Descartes
  • Blaise Pascal
  • John Milton
  • Bernard Le Bouvier De Fontenelle
  • Aphra Behn
  • Isaac Newton
  • Richard Bentley
  • Christiaan Huygens
  • William Derham
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • Samuel Clarke
  • Edmond Halley
  • "Astrophilus"
  • Cotton Mather
  • Thomas Wright O F Durham
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Johann Heinrich Lambert
  • William Herschel
  • Pierre Simon Laplace
  • William Paley
  • H. W. M. Olbers
  • Mary Fairfax Somerville
  • Alexander Von Humboldt
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Maria Mitchell
  • William Huggins
  • Agnes Mary Clerke
  • Giovanni Schiaparelli
  • Percival Lowell
  • G. H. Darwin
  • G. K. Chesterton
  • Robert Osserman
  • Albert Einstein
  • Richard Feynman
  • John Archibald Wheeler
  • Annie Jump Cannon
  • Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Edwin Hubble
  • Arthur Stanley Eddington
  • Georges Edouard Lemaître
  • Fred Hoyle
  • Werner Gitt
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Hans Blumenberg
  • James Lovelock
  • Steven Weinberg
  • John Barrow
  • Frank Tipler
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Kitty Ferguson
  • George Smoot
  • Martin Rees
  • Lee Smolin
  • Alan Guth
  • David Berlinski
  • Vera Rubin
  • Freeman Dyson
  • Brian Greene
  • John S. Lewis
  • Paul Davies
  • Owen Gingerich
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, MA
Publication year:
  • 2000