The Birth of Modern Astronomy

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Essay #: 053535
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The beginning:
The Birth of Modern Astronomy
Introduction
Today, the phrase star-gazing has two radically different connotations, one of which is a romantic and even mystical reference to seeing destiny in the stars and the other of which is a purely scientific allusion to astronomy. This dual resonance of the phrase is no coincidence, since the way in which humans have observed stars has evolved along two parallel tracks in the history of culture. This paper will examine the divergence of these tracks, paying special attention to the conceptual divergence of astronomy from astrology, and argue that the difference between these two ways of knowing is not so much material as it is conceptual.
The Mayans and Methodology
For the scientifically-minded, it is...
The end:
.....covered that the sun was at the center of the solar system, but there were no geneticists at all before Mendel.
The difference between astronomy and astrology, then, is not merely a matter of new information, but of the gradual conceptual shift away from attempting to find human destiny in the sky to treating the sky as an entirely independent domain.
It was only when we disassociated the sky from human and divine affairs that astronomy was conceptually of age, and the permanent break from astrology was made.
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