The Sleep Walkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe

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The Sleepwalkers

A history of man's changing vision of the Universe

ARTHUR KOESTLER

With an Introduction by

HERBERT BUTTERFIELD, M.A.

Master of Peterhouse and Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY* 1959

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 2
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 13
  • Part One- The Heroic Age 17
  • I- Dawn 19
  • II- The Harmony of the Spheres 26
  • III- The Earth Adrift 42
  • IV- The Failure of Nerve 51
  • V- The Divorce from Reality 63
  • Part Two- Dark Interlude 83
  • I- The Rectangular Universe 85
  • II- The Walled-In Universe 94
  • III- The Universe of the Schoolmen 104
  • Part Three- The Timid Canon 117
  • I- The Life of Copernicus 119
  • II- The System of Copernicus 191
  • Part Four- The Watershed 223
  • The Young Kepler 225
  • II- The "Cosmic Mystery" 247
  • III- Growing Pains 268
  • IV- Tycho de Brahe 283
  • V- Tycho and Kepler 301
  • VI- The Giving of the Laws 313
  • VII- Kepler Depressed 344
  • VIII- Kepler and Galileo 352
  • IX- Chaos and Harmony 379
  • X- Computing a Bride 399
  • XI- The Last Years 406
  • Part Five- The Parting of the Ways 423
  • I- The Burden of Proof 425
  • II- The Trial of Galileo 464
  • III- The Newtonian Synthesis 496
  • Epilogue 513
  • Acknowledgements 543
  • Notes 545
  • Selected Bibliography 611
  • Index 615
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