Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction to astronomy. 2. History of astronomy. 3. Observational astronomy. 4. The Galaxies. 5. Extragalactic astronomy. 6. Stellar Evolution. 7. Archaeoastronomy. 8. Physical Cosmology. 9. Astrobiology. 10. Indian Astrology. 11. Western Astrology. Bibliography. Index.
"This book in the series on the origins and development of various sciences concentrates its focus on the history and evolution of astronomy. Astronomy has made tremendous strides in understanding the universe we inhabit, and still presents many exciting and thought-provoking challenges, whose process of research may also contribute to the new developments in theoretical and experimental physics. The history of astronomy is just as fascinating as its present and future, and is crucial to understanding the subject in its entirety.
The book is a well-researched and insightful endeavour of work, seeking to provide a handy referral and guide on the origins and evolution of astronomy. It makes a meticulous study of all that entails the knowledge, theory and practices of astronomy, from its very roots. The development of the subject from it beginnings, throughout civilizations and ages, has been chronicled in a through and interesting format. The compendious and informative material incorporated within the book proves insightful for the reader." (jacket)