History of Astronomy

History of Astronomy and Related Sciences: Introduction

Welcome to the first general History of Astronomy pages on the Web. Astronomiae Historia / History of Astronomy was created in January 1995 on behalf of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft. Since March 1998 this site is also maintained on behalf of Commission 41 (History of Astronomy) of the International Astronomical Union.

Astronomiae Historia contains currently more than 400 files (Web pages), which would give several thousand pages on paper when printed out. A list of nearly all files is given in the Site map. There are documents with own information, many link pages, and some Tables of Contents. To distinguish between internal and external documents, please note the URL (address) of the document as shown by your browser: All internal documents contain the string /~pbrosche/ in the URL. Internal documents may also be recognized by the first and last lines which are similar in all internal pages. I do not have any influence on the contents of external documents - I just included links to them.

There are about 8000 links to external documents, some of which appear in two or more documents. Unfortunately, some of the links do not work any longer, because the URLs have changed, or the corresponding files have been deleted, or the server is no longer active. I try to keep the links up to date, but this is a very time-consuming task. Therefore, I am always behind the current state - but even automatic search engines are in the same situation. Please let me know the new URL for an outdated link in case that you know it.

To learn more about Astronomiae Historia, please read also the other documents in the Welcome / About section.

Happy browsing, and best wishes,
Wolfgang R. Dick

Wolfgang R. Dick. Created: 29 July 1999