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.
The direct tendency of (Astronomy) is to dilate the heart with universal benevolence, and to enlarge its views.
I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican Astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredibleralph waldo emerson
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.ptolemy
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.
In consequence of the harassing and fatiguing life he had led during the winter months, he used to retire to bed with a bason of milk or glass of water, and Smith's Harmonics and Optics, Ferguson's Astronomy, etc., and so went to sleep buried under his favourite authors; and his first thoughts on rising were how to obtain instruments for viewing those objects himself of which he had been reading.william herschel
For Astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.john calvin
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
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
As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of physics and Astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.freeman dyson
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
It must be owned (...) that all the knowledge, whether of physic, Astronomy, philosophy, or mathematics, which flourished in Europe from the tenth century, was originally derived from them; and that the Spanish Saracens, in a more particular manner, may be looked upon as the fathers of European philosophy.
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 .
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
In Indian Astronomy, the prime meridian is the great circle of the Earth passing through the north and south poles, Ujjayin? and La?k?, where La?k? was assumed to be on the Earth's equator .
The following are the other extant works generally attributed to Euclid: Phœnomena , a work on spherical geometry and Astronomy; Optics , which develops the hypothesis that light proceeds from the eye, and not from the object seen; Catoptrica , containing propositions on reflections from mirrors; De Divisionibus , a treatise on the division of plane figures into parts having to one another a given ratio; Sectio Canonis , a work on musical intervals.
For Astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.
Computer science is no more about computers than Astronomy is about telescopes.
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.
Pursuing the religious life today without using psychedelic drugs is like studying Astronomy with the naked eye.timothy leary
Just as the line of astronomical thinkers from Copernicus to Newton had destroyed the old Astronomy, in which the earth was the center, and the Almighty sitting above the firmament the agent in moving the heavenly bodies about it with his own hands, so now a race of biological thinkers had destroyed the old idea of a Creator minutely contriving and fashioning all animals to suit the needs and purposes of man.Andrew Dickson White
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