Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.
Each of the major sciences has contributed an essential ingredient in our long retreat from an initial belief in our own cosmic importance. Astronomy defined our home as a small planet tucked away in one corner of an average galaxy among millions; biology took away our status as paragons created in the image of God; geology gave us the immensity of time and taught us how little of it our own species has occupied.stephen jay gould
The direct tendency of (Astronomy) is to dilate the heart with universal benevolence, and to enlarge its views.An Oration delivered February 24, 1775, before The American Philiosophical Society held at Philiadelphia, for promoting useful knowledge in William Barton (1813). Memoirs of the life of David Rittenhouse. Somerset Publishers, Incorporated. p. 569. 
I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican Astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredibleralph waldo emerson
The movement of stars which was calculated by Hindus 4,500 years ago, does not differ even by a minute from the tables which we are using today. The Hindu systems of Astronomy are much more ancient than those of the Egyptians - even the Jews derived from the Hindus their knowledge.Jean-Sylvain Baily
Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets.1910 Literary Lapses,'A Manual of Education'.
He was the father of the Indian cyclic Astronomy which resulted in the planetary theory that determines more accurately the true positions and distances of the planets (including the Sun and the Moon )...was also the first to produce celestial latitudes...proposed the scientific cause of eclipses as against the mythological demon Rahu [Moon's node]. His ideas resulted in the new school of Indian Astronomy – the Aryapasha ((Aryabhata School) based on the text of Aryabhatiya.In p.244 (Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures)
O how loud It calls devotion! genuine growth of night! Devotion! daughter of Astronomy! An undevout Astronomer is mad.Edward Young
Other job markets may lay claim to the title, but Astronomy is actually the world's oldest profession.phil plait
The reader has by now probably become accustomed to the reversals of fortune so common in Astronomy.dennis sciama
He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern Astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.tom wolfe
It has never been in my power to study anything, mathematics, ethics, metaphysics, gravitation, thermodynamics, optics, chemistry, comparative anatomy, Astronomy, psychology, phonetics, economics, the history of science, whist, men and women, wine, metrology, except as a study of semeiotic .charles sanders peirce
Neither natural ability without instruction nor instruction without natural ability can make the perfect artist. Let him be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with Astronomy and the theory of the heavens.vitruvius
Like literature, philosophy is not distinguished from other subjects by a specific approach to a subject-matter independent of it. Chemistry deals with chemicals, biology with life and Astronomy with very large, very distant objects. Philosophy can boast no such definite subject-matter.David Wood (philosopher) (1990) Philosophy At The Limit. p. 69
Herschel has noticed how the Stagirite obstructed the progress of Astronomy by not identifying celestial with terrestrial mechanics, but laying down the principle that celestial motions were regulated by peculiar laws, thus placing them entirely without the pale of experimental research, while at the same time the progress of mechanics was impeded by the [his] assumption of natural and unnatural motions.George Henry Lewes (1864) Aristotle: a Chapter from the History of Science, Ch.7 Aristotle's Physics, Meteorology, and Mechanics
I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganga – Astronomy , astrology , spiritualism , etc. It is very important to note that some 2500 years ago at the least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganga to learn geometry .Francis M. Voltaire, in What is India? (5 May 2014)
The physical doctrine of the atom has got into a state which is strongly suggestive of the epicycles of Astronomy before Copernicus .Alfred North Whitehead
For many parts of Nature can neither be invented with sufficient subtlety, nor demonstrated with sufficient perspicuity , nor accommodated unto use with sufficient dexterity, without the aid and intervening of the mathematics , of which sort are perspective, music , Astronomy , cosmography , architecture , engineery, and divers others.Sir Francis Bacon, in Tom Sorell, et al., Scientia in Early Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth-Century Thinkers on Demonstrative Knowledge from First Principles, Springer, 28 October 2009, p.4
Neither natural ability without instruction nor instruction without natural ability can make the perfect artist. Let him be educated, skilful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinions of the jurists, and be acquainted with Astronomy and the theory of the heavens.Chapter I, Sec. 3
[This saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's Astronomy, that] "it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice."thomas carlyle
Does the evolutionary doctrine clash with religious faith? It does not. It is a blunder to mistake the Holy Scriptures for elementary textbooks of Astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology.Theodosius Dobzhansky, "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution", The American Biology Teacher, March 1973, volume 35, p. 125-129
I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges, - Astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc. It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganges to learn geometry...But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey had the reputation of the Brahmins' science not been long established in Europe.Francois Voltaire, Lettres sur l'origine des sciences et sur celle des peuples de l'Asie (first published Paris, 1777), letter of 15 December 1775.
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