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Mathieu Isidro

public information officer, European Southern Observatory


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Is Astronomy the mother of all natural sciences?

Astronomy, the study of the Universe, rather than being one field of science, is increasingly becoming an umbrella term involving most if not all fields of natural sciences. The obvious ones, such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and the less obvious, such as Geology, Biology, and even "Meteorology".
Do you then agree that astronomy has evolved to become more than just one field of science, and possibly includes all fields?


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      May 5 2012: Don, I'm fascinated by ancient astronomy, and how Babylonians, Persians, and others contributed to our knowledge of astronomy. I feel like there's a general trend to look down on this heritage, feeling we are so sophisticated and so clever now with our technology, but their work was groundbreaking! For example we often forget a lot of stars have arabic names...the history of astronomy is fantastic!

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