But astronomy had magical as well as practical applications. Ancient people believed that the winter solstice sunrise brought a spiritual awakening to the material world. Astronomy also offers explanations for mysteries surrounding holy numbers and sacred geometry, formulating and answering questions about numerical references in the Bible and in ancient civilizations.
Here, Thomas Karl Dietrich explores astronomy's impact on the world today, delving into the histories of many civilizations to explain the world as we know it and to raise new questions about what the future holds.
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In this densely packed study, Dietrich (Origin of Culture, 2005) tells his readers, “Many great scholars and astronomers have agreed that mathematics, geometry, and astronomy are the common language of humankind,” and in these pages, he attempts to lay out a grammar of that common language.Jan 04 2013 | Read Full Review of The Culture of Astronomy- Ori...