Astronomy is the oldest of the physical sciences

  1. Astronomy is the oldest of the physical sciences. In many early civilizations the regularity of celestial motions was recognized, and attempts were made to keep records and predict future events. The first practical function of astronomy was to provide a basis for the calendar, the units of month and year being determined by astronomical observations. Later, astronomy served in navigation and timekeeping. The Chinese had a working calendar as early as the 13th cent. B.C. About 350 B.C., Shih Shen prepared the earliest known star catalog, containing 800 entries. Ancient Chinese astronomy is best known today for its observations of comets and supernovas. The Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians were also active in astronomy. The earliest astronomers were priests, and no attempt was made to separate astronomy from astrology. In fact, an early motivation for the detailed study of planetary positions was the preparation of horoscopes.

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    Last edited: Mar 5, 2005
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  3. Chronos

    Chronos 10,125
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    So your point is? Sounds like an advertisement. Any Moderators agree?
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2005
  4. The link simply gives a number of piece of information but I agree. I do not see the point in this thread at all. Advertising I do not think it is as a simple Google search would come up with this as site eventually.

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  5. mankind was doing pretty advanced plant biology and basic chemistry when we thought the stars were merely the campfires of the sky tribes
     
  6. Phobos

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    certainly this one does
     
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