New Release: The Night Sky, Updated and Expanded Version
Categories: New Release Science & Cosmology
“A superb examination, geared to the layperson, of the science and anthropology of the stars and planets.” – New Age Journal
“Ingenious metaphysical and philosophical ideas.” – Publishers Weekly
Ever since Homo sapiens first looked up at the stars, our species has been searching for meaning in the mysteries of the night sky. Over the millennia, as our science, technology, and wisdom have developed, the stories we tell ourselves about the universe and our place in it have developed as well. In The Night Sky: Soul and Cosmos, highly respected author and anthropologist Richard Grossinger traces those developments, covering multiple aspects of humanity’s complex relationship to the cosmos. Covering not only astronomy but also cosmology, cosmogony, astrology, and science fiction, he offers us a revelatory look at the firmament through his own telescope, fitted with an anthropological lens.
Fans of Carl Sagan, Brian Swimme, and Ken Wilber will be drawn to this profound and wonder-filled exploration of humanity’s complex relationship to the cosmos throughout the ages. With substantial new and updated material covering recent scientific discoveries and advancements in astronomy, this in-depth exploration of our universe creates interesting links and parallels to contemporary culture and society. Covering theories as vast as the sky itself, The Night Sky is a foundation for all those interested in a deeper understanding of science, culture, and themselves. This book will educate readers on the nature of the relationship between humans and the fascinating, largely unknown universe they live in.
About the Author
A native of New York City (1944), Richard Grossinger attended Amherst College and the University of Michigan, receiving a BA in English (1966) and a PhD in anthropology (1975). He wrote his doctoral thesis on his fieldwork with fishermen in Eastern Maine, after which he taught for two years at the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham and five years at Goddard College in Vermont.
With his wife, Lindy Hough, he is the cofounder and publisher of North Atlantic Books as well as its forerunner, the journal Io. His works include early books of experimental prose; a series of titles on holistic medicine, cosmology, and embryology; two memoirs; and recent books re-exploring these themes, related topics, and aspects of contemporary politics and pop culture.
As this book appears, he and Hough are in the process of moving from Berkeley, California (where they have lived since 1977) to Portland, Maine. They have also lived part-time in Manset, Maine, since 2001. Their children are Robin Grossinger, a historical geographer at San Francisco Estuary Institute, and Miranda July, a writer, film director, and conceptual artist.Tags: Astrology Richard Grossinger Astronomy