Alexander Boxer - A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for Our Destiny in Data— at The Wharf

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Monday, January 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Often treated as pseudoscience, astrology can more accurately be seen as a rigorous mathematics problem—and may well be civilization’s first algorithmic system. Casting a data scientist’s eye over the ancient practice of drawing up horoscopes, Boxer—a former Atlas Obscura field agent who holds a PhD in physics and degrees in classics and the history of science—examines the ancient texts of thinkers including Ptolemy, al-Kindi, and Kepler to lay out the science behind the precise astronomical charts and calculations while also showing how this discipline both grew from and fostered the human penchant for finding patterns and telling stories. 

 

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780393634846
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020