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As optics improved, man began to see the solar system. Tycho Brahe in Denmark, Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland, Johannes Kepler of Germany, and Italy's Galileo Galilei all began to see a new relationship between the world and the stars. Their questions, and their non-religious answers, toppled the idea that man?and the Church?are at the center of the universe. The Science an As optics improved, man began to see the solar system. Tycho Brahe in Denmark, Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland, Johannes Kepler of Germany, and Italy's Galileo Galilei all began to see a new relationship between the world and the stars. Their questions, and their non-religious answers, toppled the idea that man?and the Church?are at the center of the universe. The Science and Discovery series recreates history's four-thousand-year journey of scientific progress. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom. This is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein all make appearances.


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As optics improved, man began to see the solar system. Tycho Brahe in Denmark, Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland, Johannes Kepler of Germany, and Italy's Galileo Galilei all began to see a new relationship between the world and the stars. Their questions, and their non-religious answers, toppled the idea that man?and the Church?are at the center of the universe. The Science an As optics improved, man began to see the solar system. Tycho Brahe in Denmark, Nicolaus Copernicus of Poland, Johannes Kepler of Germany, and Italy's Galileo Galilei all began to see a new relationship between the world and the stars. Their questions, and their non-religious answers, toppled the idea that man?and the Church?are at the center of the universe. The Science and Discovery series recreates history's four-thousand-year journey of scientific progress. Science has often challenged and upset conventional wisdom. This is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress. Aristotle, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Einstein all make appearances.

30 review for Astronomy: the Heavenly Challenge: Library Edition (Audio Classics: Science & Discovery)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mykey

    This book is good for anyone who is interested in the history of Astronomy. The most shocking part of the book for me was when I learned that in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the calendar... the date went from October 4th to October 15th... there was no October 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, or 14th in 1582... It wasn't until about 1920 that all major cultures used the same calendar (AKA: The Gregorian Calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII). This book is good for anyone who is interested in the history of Astronomy. The most shocking part of the book for me was when I learned that in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the calendar... the date went from October 4th to October 15th... there was no October 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, or 14th in 1582... It wasn't until about 1920 that all major cultures used the same calendar (AKA: The Gregorian Calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valerie R

    Expected more about astronomy itself, not the author's unhappiness about Christianity and The Roman Catholic Church. "Before there was science, there was superstition." Tells me all I need to know about Jack Arnold's bias. Expected more about astronomy itself, not the author's unhappiness about Christianity and The Roman Catholic Church. "Before there was science, there was superstition." Tells me all I need to know about Jack Arnold's bias.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather Denkmire

    The use of actors for narrating longer quotes was annoying when I first started listening to these books, but I now find it charming. This was a review of the basic history of moder day astronomy, put together well so I didn't mind the loads of information that was stuff I already knew. It may be my mood, but I found this particularly successful in bringing together a long story into this short burst of information. The use of actors for narrating longer quotes was annoying when I first started listening to these books, but I now find it charming. This was a review of the basic history of moder day astronomy, put together well so I didn't mind the loads of information that was stuff I already knew. It may be my mood, but I found this particularly successful in bringing together a long story into this short burst of information.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gideon Burton

    I appreciate a good overview of a topic, and the effort with this audiobook was to semi-dramatize the story of Astronomy by having actors voice the direct quotations of people like Galileo. However, the writing was quite stilted, and it felt like a patchwork piece assembled factory style as part of the Science & Discovery series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Miller

    An informative overview of astronomy's early beginnings, with a focus on Galileo, Copernicus, and Brahe, et al. A short audio book that uses multiple voice actors to convey the historical perspective. An informative overview of astronomy's early beginnings, with a focus on Galileo, Copernicus, and Brahe, et al. A short audio book that uses multiple voice actors to convey the historical perspective.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

    I would have loved if it were about 400 pages more.

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    Israel Dryer

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Oscar Ceballos

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    Natasha

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    sodear

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

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