Starborn: How the Stars Made Us (and Who We Would Be Without Them) Roberto Trotta

Starborn: How the Stars Made Us (and Who We Would Be Without Them)

Author: Roberto Trotta
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Book Title
Starborn: How the Stars Made Us (and Who We Would Be Without Them)
Author
Roberto Trotta
ISBN
9781541674776
A sweeping inquiry into how the night sky has shaped human history For as long as humans have lived, we have lived beneath the stars. But under the glow of today's artificial lighting, we have lost the intimacy our ancestors once shared with the cosmos. In Starborn, cosmologist Roberto Trotta reveals how stargazing has shaped the course of human civilization. The stars have served as our timekeepers, our navigators, our muses--they were once even our gods. How radically different would we be, Trotta also asks, if our ancestors had looked up to the night sky and seen... nothing? He pairs the history of our starstruck species with a dramatic alternate version, a world without stars where our understanding of science, art, and ourselves would have been radically altered.  Revealing the hidden connections between astronomy and civilization, Starborn summons us to the marvelous sight that awaits us on a dark, clear night--to lose ourselves in the immeasurable vastness above.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Roberto TrottaPublisher: Basic BooksPublished: 11/07/2023ISBN: 9781541674776Pages: 352Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2023Publishers Weekly 09/25/2023
A sweeping inquiry into how the night sky has shaped human history

For as long as humans have lived, we have lived beneath the stars. But under the glow of today's artificial lighting, we have lost the intimacy our ancestors once shared with the cosmos.

In Starborn, cosmologist Roberto Trotta reveals how stargazing has shaped the course of human civilization. The stars have served as our timekeepers, our navigators, our muses--they were once even our gods. How radically different would we be, Trotta also asks, if our ancestors had looked up to the night sky and seen... nothing? He pairs the history of our starstruck species with a dramatic alternate version, a world without stars where our understanding of science, art, and ourselves would have been radically altered. 

Revealing the hidden connections between astronomy and civilization, Starborn summons us to the marvelous sight that awaits us on a dark, clear night--to lose ourselves in the immeasurable vastness above.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Roberto Trotta
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 11/07/2023
ISBN: 9781541674776
Pages: 352

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 09/25/2023
A sweeping inquiry into how the night sky has shaped human history

For as long as humans have lived, we have lived beneath the stars. But under the glow of today's artificial lighting, we have lost the intimacy our ancestors once shared with the cosmos.

In Starborn, cosmologist Roberto Trotta reveals how stargazing has shaped the course of human civilization. The stars have served as our timekeepers, our navigators, our muses--they were once even our gods. How radically different would we be, Trotta also asks, if our ancestors had looked up to the night sky and seen... nothing? He pairs the history of our starstruck species with a dramatic alternate version, a world without stars where our understanding of science, art, and ourselves would have been radically altered. 

Revealing the hidden connections between astronomy and civilization, Starborn summons us to the marvelous sight that awaits us on a dark, clear night--to lose ourselves in the immeasurable vastness above.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Roberto Trotta
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 11/07/2023
ISBN: 9781541674776
Pages: 352

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 09/25/2023