Although his yeoman father is said to have burnt his books to
discourage excessive studiousness, Thomas Wright (1711-86)
nevertheless acquired considerable knowledge in the fields of
mathematics, navigation and astronomy. Later benefitting from the
patronage of wealthy families, he also surveyed estates, designed
gardens, and tutored aristocrats. He is best known, however, for
his contribution to astronomy: this illustrated work of 1750 was
his most famous publication. Written in the form of nine letters,
the book quotes both poets and scientists in the opening discussion
as Wright sets out to fuse, rather than separate, science and
religion. Combining his observations of the Milky Way with his
theological belief in a universe of perfect order, he notes, among
other things, that our galaxy appears to be disc-shaped. While
largely ignored by contemporary astronomers, Wright's ideas can be
seen as a forerunner to more sophisticated conceptions of our
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||Cambridge Library Collection - Astronomy
||254 x 178 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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