Book 60: The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler

PIMG_4970The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe by Arthur Koestler

Finished reading June 27, 2013

Rating 8/10

This rather substantial book deals with some of the best known early astronomers starting from some Pythagoreans and up to  Newton. It gives a good overview of the lives of such astronomers as Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Mikolaj Kopernik and Galileo Galilei. It was interesting and thorough although not totally action-packed so it dragged a bit in some places.

If you have a need to find out about the above-mentioned astronomers, then this would be one of the best books to start with, since here you can also see some of the connections, similarities and differences between their lives and methods.



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