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The Human Cosmos by Jo Marchant
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Sep 01, 2020 | ISBN 9780593183014

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“Journalist Marchant takes a thought-provoking look at how human fascination with the night sky has influenced beliefs throughout history… Integrating science, history, philosophy and religion, Marchant’s epic account is one for readers to savor.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Human Cosmos invites us along for a journey, retelling the story of our wondrous relationship with what lies above us, and how its mysteries continue to captivate, and facilitate, the human imagination and catalyze our innovation.”
Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, author of The Creative Spark

“An important and delicious book. Jo Marchant, whipsmart, sensitive, and eloquent yet unforced as ever, mines the history of stargazing to show that today’s cosmology can’t reveal the “intrinsic nature” of anything, whether stars, stardust, or human existence, because omitting human consciounsess from its equations impoverishes not just our comprehension of the universe, but the notion of understanding itself.”   
David Dobbs, author of Reef Madness

“Marchant lifts our gaze skyward and reawakens our awe for humanity at a time when we so desperately need it.”
Amanda Mascarelli, Managing Editor of SAPIENS 

“A dazzling cultural account of our enduring and ever-changing relationship to the cosmos. Beginning with cave paintings and stone circles, Marchant traces humanity’s epic journey from a sky filled with gods, spirits and celestial events that shaped people’s lives and beliefs to the Big Bang and the search for alien life. This book will change the way you look at the night sky.”
Manjit Kumar, author of Quantum

The Human Cosmos is rich and deep but, most of all, great fun to read. Jo Marchant takes in the sweep of human history from our earliest cultural roots to the most recent science with insight and delight. Both the celestial sphere and the arc of human history come across clearly here and the reader is informed, engaged, and enlightened throughout.”
Dr. Pranab Das, Professor of Physics, Elon University

“This thematic, engaging overview of our stars and skies has something for all readers of geography, exploration, religion, philosophy, and politics”
Library Journal

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