By Marianne J. Dyson
For hundreds of thousands of years, people have scanned the sky and charted the move of celestial our bodies. The day-by-day and seasonal styles of the solar, Moon, and stars guided sailors domestic, dictated the timing of planting and harvesting, and have become an suggestion for fairs, celebrations, and vacation trips. the looks of novae, comets, and storms of ''shooting stars'' lights up the predawn hours have been interpreted as fortunate indicators, dire omens, or distinct messages from the gods. those sensible and religious connections of astronomy with human task inspired and encouraged advancements in observations and know-how, which resulted in a deeper curiosity in exploring what lies past the outskirts of this galaxy and the following. ''Space and Astronomy: Decade via Decade'' unearths how the astronomers resolve the mysteries of the way the sunlight shines, how stars cave in into black holes, and the way the universe expands. it's the tale of dreamers who designed rockets to carry again wisdom of alternative worlds and different galaxies. This quantity of the ''Twentieth-Century Science'' set describes the development of astronomy and the advance of spaceflight from 1901 to 2000.