Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ball's Popular Guide to the Heavens

On Monday afternoon I went into this little secondhand bookshop near Mehrin's work, and got a fairly old astronomy book for $12.50. It's called Ball's Popular Guide to the Heavens, and it was first published in 1892 - but I've got the 1952 edition:

I got it because it has really nice old star maps in it, and I want to use them in some art. This is what I've done this afternoon:

I really like using old scientific diagrams (like what I used for Dead Man Rising last year). I think it's because we often seem to think that we understand everything about how the world works, and looking at how we used to try to explain everything is a bit humbling, and allows me to experience more awe at God's creation.


Electric Chikken said...

Dogma's generally not a good thing (although I'll agree - it can sometimes be interesting in retrospect to see what we considered the 'truth' to be) when science is involved. The best scientists are generally those who are aware of our limitations of understanding as they try to deepen said understanding.

Then again, the same thing could said for how people sometimes deal with religious concepts. Interesting, if not always uplifting.

Christop said...

Yeah, I'm not against trying to deepen understanding. But it seems the more we understand, the more we realise we don't understand.

Electric Chikken said...

That's why science is so cool. Cool like The Fonz.

Christop said...

Hurrah for science!