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280 × 220 mm
320 pages pages
280 illustrations, 260 in colour
01 May 2019
Spring/Summer 2019
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Cosmos The Art and Science of the Universe Roberta J. M. Olson, Jay M. Pasachoff

Since time immemorial, the nocturnal skies have mesmerized people, and heavenly bodies have inspired the imaginations of artists, poets and scientists. This book showcases the superstars of the firmament and universe in sumptuous illustrations, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolours and prints, as well as plates from books, celestial diagrams and astronomical photography.
Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe charts the human love affair with the heavens in art and astronomy, based on sound science and accurate art and cultural history. The book in ten lively chapters tells the fascinating story of the quest to discover the mysteries of the universe. Enriched with new research, interpretations and amusing anecdotes, the authors weave a rich tapestry about the interconnections in the cosmos and the efforts to understand them. This is a stunning book that unveils the beauty of the cosmos and its compelling story throughout the ages.

Professors Olson and Pasachoff have been working together on the overlap of art and astronomy since the 1985-1986 passage of Halley’s Comet brought them together. They are joint authors of Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science (1998) and this book is the culmination of their decades of collaboration.

Roberta J. M. Olson is Curator of Drawings at the New-York Historical Society and Professor Emerita of Art History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is the author of Fire and Ice: A History of Comets in Art (1988). Jay M. Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and co-author of The Sun (Reaktion, 2017).