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Unformatted text preview: The ancients knew much phenomenology about the heavens, but their ideas about what was responsible for the observations were often strange by present standards. Modern astronomy is characterized by two features that distinguish it from the astronomy-astrology that came before it: 1. A dependence on quantitative observations. 2. Explanations in terms of theories that are subject to observational confirmation, and that are formulated in logical and mathematical terms. Thus we will find that modern Astronomy is really a particular instance of applied physics . Here is a more extensive discussion of the philosophy that underlies the modern scientific method....
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- Fall '10