Astronomy 380: History of the Cosmos in Western Culture
Spring 2007

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Required Reading
Science and Technology in World History by James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) [paperback].

The Fabric of the Heavens by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield (University of Chicago Press, 1999). [paperback].

Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, translated by Stillman Drake (Anchor Books, 1957) [paperback].

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, Brian Greene, (Vintage, 2005) [paperback].
Additional Reading
Archives of the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak (Pantheon Books, 2004) [paperback] -- source book for Greeks to present.

The Tests of Time: Readings in the Development of Physical Theory, eds. Lisa Dolling, Glenn Statile, & Arthur Gianelli (Princeton University Press, 2003) [paperback] -- sourcebook from the Greeks to the inflationary universe.

Cosmology: Historical, Literary, Philosophical, Religious and Scientific Perspectives by Norriss S. Hetherington (ed.) (Garland Publishing, 1993) [paperback].

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy -- 700 B.C. to Renaissance, by James Evans (Oxford University Press, 1998) [hardback].

The Exact Sciences in Antiquity, 2nd Edition by O. Neugebauer (Dover Classics, 1969) [paperback].

Early Astronomy by Hugh Thurston (Springer Study Edition, 1996) [paperback].

The Beginnings of Western Science: the European scientific tradition in philosophical, religious and institutional context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 by David C. Lindberg (University of Chicago Press, 1992) [paperback].

The Architecture of Matter by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield (University of Chicago Press, 1982) [paperback].

The Discovery of Time by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield (University of Chicago Press, 1977) [paperback].

The Portable Greek Reader by W. H. Auden (ed.) (Penguin Books, 1977) [paperback].

Before and After Socrates by Francis Conrnford (Cambridge University Press, 1932) [paperback] -- Greek philosophy.

Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle by G. E. R. Lloyd (W. W. Norton & Company, 1970) [paperback].

Greek Science After Aristotle by G. E. R. Lloyd (W. W. Norton & Company, 1970) [paperback].

Greek Science in Antiquity by Marshall Clagett (Collier Books, 1955) [paperback].

Greek Science by Benjamin Farrington (Pelican Books, 1953) [paperback].

The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 1994) [paperback].

The Portable Medieval Reader by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin (eds.) (Penguin Books, 1977) [paperback].

Medieval Cosmology: Theories of Infinity, Place, Time, Void, and the Plurality of Worlds by Pierre Duhem, edited and translated by Roger Ariew (University of Chicago Press, 1985) [paperback].

Physical Science in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant (Cambridge University Press, 1993) [paperback].

The Portable Renaissance Reader by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin (eds.) (Penguin Books, 1981) [paperback].

The Construction of Modern Science by Richard S. Westfall (Cambridge University Press, 1977) [paperback].

The Origins of Modern Science by Herbert Butterfield (The Free Press, 1965) [paperback].

The Mechanization of the World Picture by E. J. Dijksterhuis (Princeton University Press, 1986) [paperback].

The Birth of a New Physics by I. Bernard Cohen (W. W. Norton & Company, 1985) [paperback].

The Elizabethan World-Picture by E. M. W. Tillyard (Vintage, 1959) [paperback].

Man and Nature in the Renaissance by Allen G. Debus (Cambridge University Press, 1999) [paperback].

The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler by Owen Gingerich (American Institute of Physics, 1993) [hardback].

Kepler by Max Caspar (Dover Publications, 1993) [paperback].

Kepler's Physical Astronomy by Bruce Stephenson (Princeton University Press, 1987) [paperback].

Relativity: The Special and General Theory, by Albert Einstein (Crown Publishers, 1961) [paperback].

The Realm of the Nebulae, Edwin Hubble, (Yale University Press, 1982) [paperback].

The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg (Basic Books 1993) [paperback].

Darkness at Night, A Riddle of the Universe by Edward Harrison (Harvard University Press, 1987) [paperback].

Quintessence: The Mystery of the Missing Mass by Lawrence M. Krauss (Basic Books, 2001) [paperback].

Just Six Numbers: The Deep forces that Shape the Universe by Martin Rees (Basic Books, 2001) [paperback]. Fantastic Realities by Frank Wilczek (World Scientific, 2006) [paperback].

Warped Passages by Lisa Randall (Harper Collins, 2005) [hardback].

The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) [hardback]

The View From the Center of the Universe by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams (Riverhead Books, 2006) [hardback].

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian Barbour (Oxford University Press, 1999) [paperback].

Theory and Reality, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science by Peter Godfrey-Smith (University of Chicago Press, 2003) [paperback].

Modern Science and its Philosophy by Philipp Frank (Collier Books, 1961) [paperback].

Science and Method by Henri Poincaré, translated by Francis Maitland (Barnes and Noble Books, 2004) [paperback].

The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl Popper (Routledge, 2002) [paperback].

Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper (Routledge, 2002) [paperback].

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn (University of Chicago Press, 1996) [paperback].

Against Method by Paul Feyerabend (Verso, 1993) [paperback].