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Celestial Treasury

Celestial Treasury
From the Music of the Spheres to the Conquest of Space

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  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2010
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521800402

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  • Throughout history, the mysterious dark skies have inspired our imaginations in countless ways, influencing our endeavors in science and philosophy, religion, literature, and art. Filled with 380 full-color illustrations, Celestial Treasury shows the influence of astronomical theories and the richness of illustrations in Western civilization through the ages. The authors explore the evolution of our understanding of astronomy and weave together ancient and modern theories in a fascinating narrative. They incorporate a wealth of detail from Greek verse, medieval manuscripts and Victorian poetry with contemporary spacecraft photographs and computer-generated star charts. Celestial Treasury is more than a beautiful book: it answers a variety of questions that have intrigued scientists and laymen for centuries. How did philosophers and scientists try to explain the order that governs celestial motion? How did geometers and artists measure and map the skies? How many different answers have been proposed for the most fundamental of all questions: When and how did Earth come about? Who inhabits the heavens--gods, angels or extraterrestrials? No other book recounts humankind's fascination with the heavens as compellingly as Celestial Treasury. Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Récherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of The Cosmic Background Radiation (Cambridge, 1999), and and The Quest for Unity, (Oxford, 1999 ), as well as many books in French. Jean-Pierre Luminet is a research director of the Centre National pour la Rechérche Scientifique, based at the Paris-Meudon observatory. He is the author of Black Holes, (Cambridge 1992), as well as science documentaries for television.

    • Full colour throughout, it contains nearly 400 truly stunning illustrations from throughout history, many never published before
    • The carefully researched and accessible text weaves together ancient and modern theories, telling the story of our fascination with the heavens
    • The unusual layout, including fold-outs and asymmetrical pages, allows juxtaposition, comparisons, overviews and simultaneous reading to get the most out of the content
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    Awards

    • French edition was awarded Le Prix du Livre Scientifique de Sciences et Vie 1999 also Le prix special du jury du livre d'Astronomie 1999

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Cambrdige University Press presnets an English edition of [B[B[Bachieze-Rey and Jean Pierre Luminet's gorgeous Celestial Treasury. This big book collects historical documents, drawings, maps, and photographs--everything from painted Greek vases to computer simulations--to offer a timeline of our understanding of the cosmos. Some of the pages are breathtaking foldouts, while sidebar topics are printed on small insert pages. The quality of production, accuracy of science and history, and sheer beauty of Celestial Treasury make it my favorite book this month" s/ Amazon.com: Science Delivers Digest

    "Celestial Treasury: From The Music Of The Spheres To The Conquest Of Space is an impressive coffee- table book surveying the history of man's exploration of the stars." Wisconsin Bookwatch

    "The book is clearly a labor of love, combining a considerable depth of scholarship with an accessible text that should appeal to a broad range of readers...The great value of Christie's book is the step she has taken toward making all this very clear indeed." American Scientists, VOL 89

    "French astrophysicsts Marc Laqchieze-Rey and Jean-Pierre Luminet juxtapose historic images of the heavens with mofren ones produced by telescopes, satellites and X-rays. Readers can wander from one sumptuous illustration to another. Or they can follow the text on man's efforts to understand the cosmos and the way celestail charts have evovled as a result." Thwe wall Street Jrnl

    "Readers can wander from one sumptuous illustration to another." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Nov 2001

    "a stunning and unique book" STAR Dec 2001

    "The volume's beautiful pictures and quirky page sizes made it closely resemble a museum exhibition in a coffeetable book...Thanks to translator Joe Laredo, all of the mystique is preserved in the English edition. Now readers can get the full effect of this illustrated tour of the origins of the physical sciences, the views on the birth of the universe, celestial mapping and the changing societal views of humankind's place in the universe." - Sky & Telescope

    "This book is complete with interviews with 10 people faced with the decision of living or dying and 21 experts from the medical, religious, psychology, hospice and consumer fields...If you are like me and can't resist a great coffee table book,"Celestial Treasury" by Marc Lachieze-Rey and Jean Pierre Luminet measures more than two feet by one foot. It's big enough to hold more than 400 astronomical photographs, maps and global, as well as surveys of mythology and the science of the cosmos." Gaithersbury, MD Feb 2002

    "brings together the countless ways humans have tried to comprehend the heavens...allows is to see contrasts and cross-influences in human understanding." Dallas Morning News

    "I highly recommend this book for astronomers, amateur or professional alike, at any level." Orla Aaquist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521800402
    • length: 217 pages
    • dimensions: 373 x 273 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.829kg
    • contains: 380 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2010
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Celestial Harmony:
    1. Geometry and the cosmos
    2. The celestial hierarchy
    3. The grandeur of space
    4. Finite or infinite?
    5. The structure of the world
    6. Celestial music
    7. World systems
    Part II. Uranometry:
    8. Mapping the sky
    9. Naming the stars
    10. The development of celestial atlases
    11. The depths of space
    Part III. The Creation:
    12. From myth to myth
    13. The metamorphosis of chaos
    14. Time and creation
    15. The Creator
    16. The order of creation
    17. The date of creation
    18. The theory of evolution
    19. The Big Bang
    20. A modern creation
    Part IV. Creatures of the Sky:
    21. Humanity beneath the sky
    22. The sky in humanity
    23. Humanity in the sky
    24. The worlds in the sky.

  • Authors

    Marc Lachièze-Rey, Centre Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Saclay
    Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of the The Cosmic Background Radiation (1999), and Cosmology: A First Course (1995), both published by Cambridge University Press, and The Quest for Unity published by Oxford University Press (1999), as well as many books in French.

    Jean-Pierre Luminet, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon
    Jean-Pierre Luminet is a research director of the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, based at the Paris-Meudon observatory. In addition to many research papers in cosmology, the structure of space-time and relativistic astrophysics, he has written several popular science articles and books (including Black Holes, Cambridge University Press, 1992), as well as science documentaries for television. Beyond his outstanding scientific research, he is also a renowned expert in the history of cosmology, and astronomical art and poetry. His first novel, Le rendez-vous de Vénus, was published in 1999 by JC Lattès.

    Translator

    Joe Laredo

    Awards

    • French edition was awarded Le Prix du Livre Scientifique de Sciences et Vie 1999 also Le prix special du jury du livre d'Astronomie 1999

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