The Greek worldview was the most long

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Unformatted text preview: The Greek worldview was the most long-lived in the history of scientific cosmology. Closely tied to the pseudo-science of astrology, it continued from ancient Greece through medieval Islamic civilization to seventeenth-century Europe. Underlying the Greek worldview was the philosophy of Plato. He sought a deeper level of reality than that accessible to the senses. He also pursued a simple theory about the universe which had incredible explanatory power. The result was a belief in uniform, circular motion. This belief dominated the thinking of many Western astronomers and cosmologists for two thousand years. The task for astronomers was to ascertain the motions of the planets. Sky-watchers in the ancient Middle East, Central America, and China made many observations. From their tables of numbers, they devised schemes to predict future movements in the heavens. But the explanations that the Babylonians, devised schemes to predict future movements in the heavens....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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