THURSDAY'S UNIVERSE by M. Bartusiak, New York: Times Books, 1986
A first-rate introduction to ideas about the evolution of the universe and to the scientists and facilities that contributed to major breakthroughs.
by D.J. Boorstin, New York: Random House, 1983
A collection of often brilliant essays on the development of astronomy, timekeeping, and geography, and of the relationship of these fields to our history and culture.
COMING OF AGE IN THE MILKY WAY
by T. Ferris, New York, William Morrow, 1988
The story of humankind's effort to comprehend the scale of the universe and our place within it. The book ranges from Aristotle's crystalline spheres to the latest theories of cosmology, and includes biographical notes on some of the key individuals in the development of astronomy.