Man's Place in the Universe
by Alfred R. Wallace
Publisher: Chapman and Hall 1904
Number of pages: 330
Contents: early ideas; modern ideas; the new astronomy; the distribution of the stars; distances of stars - the sun's motion; unity and the evolution of the star-system; are the stars infinite?; our relation to the Milky Way; the uniformity of matter and its laws; the essential characters of organisms; physical condition essential for life; the Earth in relation to life; the atmosphere in relation to life; the other planets are not habitable; the stars - have they planets?
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by Mike Corwin - Bookboon
A textbook intended for a one-semester course in Astronomy. After introductory chapters on the history of astronomy, it is narrowly focused on material directly and chronologically related to the eventual rise of conscious beings in the universe.
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