The Sleepwalkers has ratings and 80 reviews. Manny said: Koestler’s book presents a rather good history of cosmology from ancient times until the lat. Arthur Koestler. The Sleepwalkers. A History of Man’s changing vision of the Universe. With an Introduction by. Herbert Butterfield. 1. Awakening. We can add to. ovelist, essayist and political man of action, Arthur Koestler emerges in this book as a historian of the sciences. He traces, with a comic writer’s eye and a.

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The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe by Arthur Koestler

This is the kind of book writers should read. The five parts of this book interested me to varying degrees. I had not appreciated quite how fundamental Kepler’s contribution to science was: Pages with related products. Journalists in particular do it for us, and Arthur Koestler was by no means the worst journalist to give it a try, even if he himself was in addition guided by those other, more personally colored sleepalkers of his. It hit the sweet spot in prose, content and more so in clarity.

But then Plato and Aristotle severed the link between theory and observation and reverted to a system which placed the Earth back in the middle of the universe, with everything else rotating around it on an increasingly complex system koesfler crystal spheres; koestlfr new geocentric theory received its final incarnation in the work of Ptolemy, in the second century A. These thoughts held astronomy, and perhaps all science, back for years. Of course, it’s not all about those researches and findings of the various scientists in whatever age they lived.

Another wide ranging history – from the Great Chain of Being to Newton – but mainly focused on math and science. I would advise the reader to do the kofstler, if you read it as your primary read there is a good chance you will shelve it after the umpteenth letter telling Copernicus to sleepwallers rid of his mistress. For example, Platonist always …more Plato is obssessed with the idea that everything can be constructed from the above, by centralization and theorization.


If you are more interested in the people behind the ideas then you will enjoy it but if you are like kowstler who is more interested in the ideas with marginal interest in the people behind it, then you might not enjoy it so much. The Promethean venture which had started around B.

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This much of the book consumes over pages. The idea of the universe with walls can be traced to the Bible, similar to the idea that heavenly bodies having ladders and pulleys The first half, on whose strength this rating is based, was a masterpiece. Galileo was undeniably a genius, respected for his intellect and acumen, however he was an arrogant prick who created a rift between scientists and the church because his ego would not back down.

Arthur Koestler — was an extraordinary polymath, writer, and political polemicist.

Get to Know Us. Preview — The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler. In the Epilogue, Koestler throws in a large chunk of physics and some philosophy, but also looks back at the evolution of cosmology.

Isaac Newton is mentioned only briefly – certainly compared to the more detailed accounts about Corpernicus, Kepler, and Galileo – and mainly his findings and further explorations are discussed.

Astronomy began simply as sky-geometry, it was not until Kepler that someone attempted to appor The book maps out the advances in astronomical thought, from the walled-in earth-centred universe of antiquity to the koester solar system.

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A must read if you care about this stuff. While I don’t think it’s a “provocative” book any more as Sir Bernard Lovell claimed 40 years agoit’s a wonderful re-tangling of the humanities and sciences and a great way to get a quick understanding of how the major scientific discoveries of the last few millennia unfolded as well as a sense for the scientists and movements that made them. He mouths the same old criticisms of Plato and Aristotle, essentially blaming them for the beliefs of their later followers.

The book ends with a modern epilogue which briefly details the state of science and religion today. Books by Arthur Koestler. Though megalomania surely played a role, it’s also clear as a Catholic and patriotic Italian, Galileo cared enormously about what the Catholic Church believed as an institution and as the protector and sponsor of much of European scholarship as Koestler ably describes.

See 1 question about The Sleepwalkers…. I have robbed the golden vessels of the Egyptians to make out of them a tabernacle for my God, far from the frontiers of Egypt.

The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe

A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a koestlwr suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque. Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought. He committed suicide in in London. Of particular interest are the quite detailed biographical sections of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I take issue with some of the sources Koestled used here, most of which are secondary sources.

In retrospect it seems like a fascinating subject.

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