A Scheme of Heaven: The History and Science of Astrology, from Ptolemy to the Victorians and Beyond

Author(s): Alexander Boxer

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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.

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  • : 9781781259634
  • : Profile Books Limited
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : January 2020
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  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 133.509
  • : 320
  • : Alexander Boxer