From Stonehenge to String Theory - how astronomy has changed the world
Since the dawn of humanity, men have attempted to divine the nature of the heavens. The first astronomers mapped the movement of the seasons and used the positions of the constellations for augurs and astrology.
Today, the search goes ever deeper into the nature of reality and life itself. In this accessible overview, astrophysicist J.P. McEvoy tells the story of how our knowledge of the cosmos has developed. He puts in context many of the greatest discoveries of all time and many of the dominant personalities: Aristotle, Copernicus, and Isaac Newton, and as we approach the modern era, Einstein, Eddington, and Hawking.
Joe McEvoy studied at Pennsylvania and at the University of London for his PhD in physics. He returned to the USA as a research associate at the RCA Research Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey. For the following 15 years he worked in solid state physics as a research scientist in the USA, Switzerland and Britain. His two previous books Introducing Stephen Hawking, and Introducing Quantum Theory have been acclaimed worldwide and translated into a dozen languages. In October 2006, he received the prestigious founder's award given by the American School in London for Inspiring and Dedicated Service to Education.