' … this book is one of the most comprehensive histories of the subject I have seen … a highly readable and fascinating account'. Modern Astronomer
'An astronomer once remarked that they would love to know more about the history of their subject but that they were too busy making it. Well, this book from Cambridge University Press could be the solution to that problem. Michael Hoskin, editor of the Journal for the History of Astronomy, and a well-known and accomplished historian has done an admirable job in editing this volume. The reviewer has no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone interested in astronomy or the history of science.' A. D. Andrews, Irish Astronomical Journal
'This is an important addition to any science or history library.' Gnomon
' … will appeal to readers well beyond the university to whom it has been designed. It is a book to peruse for intellectual enjoyment, and to treasure for reference.' M. T. Black, Endeavour
'Even so, it maintains the clarity and elegance of exposition of its progenitor … For some years now, there has not been a single authoritative and readable history of astronomy currently in print. But the Cambridge Concise History, and its Illustrated History forebear, fill that gap with signal success.' Allan Chapman, The Observatory
'… the book is well written, informative and interesting … it admirably lives up to its title. If you want a concise general history of astronomy, this is the book. It is readable, well written, and edited by a leader in the field.' Jon Reynolds, Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Covering the study of astronomy from prehistory to astrophysics this book is suitable for both students of the history of science and as historical background for students of astronomy. It does not attempt to cover everything but gives extended treatment to the most important topics.