Scheme of Heaven, A: Astrology and the Birth of Science

Alexander Boxer

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 7th Jan '21

£12.99

‘A delightful and utterly fascinating work of intellectual history.’ – Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

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Description

Despite a resurgence in popularity, horoscopes are generally considered to be pseudoscience today – but they were once a cutting-edge scientific tool. In this ingenious work of history, data scientist Alexander Boxer examines a treasure trove of esoteric classical sources to expose the deep imaginative framework by which – for millennia – we made sense of our fates. Astrology, he argues, was the ancient world’s most ambitious applied mathematics problem, a grand data-analysis enterprise sustained by some of history’s most brilliant minds, from Ptolemy to al-Kindi to Kepler. A Scheme of Heaven explores the wonderful subtleties of astrological ideas. Telling the stories of their inventors and most influential exponents, Boxer puts them through their paces using modern data sets – finding that the methods of today’s scientists are often uncomfortably close to those of astrology’s ancient sages.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 mm
Page Count 336