Sunday, October 25, 2009

Why is the astronomy called the first science?

Astronomy, or the study of the stars, began as a science only about 2,500 years ago, though people have been gazing at the heavens for millions of years. In the beginning, Man had only a few crude hand tools. Using these tools, and some mathematical calculations, he tried to find some explanation for the changing seasons, the floods, the droughts, sunrise, sunset, and all the other mysteries of nature.

Some of these explanations were very primitive and strange. But they are important, because they made people think and ask, and it is this spirit of curiosity that replaced imaginations with scientific observation and reasoning. This is why astronomy is called the first science.

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