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Two very helpful general histories of science are S. Toulmin and J.Goodfield, The Fabric of the Heavens* (London, 1961), on cosmology, and The Architecture of Matter* (London, 1962), on physics. R.G.Collingwood, The Idea of Nature (Oxford, 1965, first pub. 1945), is brief and provocative. For a clear introduction to Greek science see S.Sambursky, The Physical World of the Greeks* (London, 1956). J.H.Randall, Jr, Aristotle (New York, 1960), covers all aspects of his work. For postGreek science A.C.Crombie, Augustine to Galileo (2 vols, 2nd edn, London, 1961), is clear and systematic with a good bibliography. A good detailed account of the old cosmology is J.L.E.Dreyer, A History of Astronomy from Thales to Kepler (2nd edn rev., New York, 1953). For Renaissance science and astronomy an excellent introduction is M.Boas, The Scientific Renaissance* (London, 1962); see also T.S.Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution (Cambridge, Mass., 1975, first pub. 1957), the most thoughtful account; A.Koyré, From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Baltimore, 1957), on the development of the idea of infinity and the plurality of worlds; A.Koestler, The Sleepwalkers* (London, 1959), a very readable account of Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler and Galileo; F.R.Johnson, Astronomical Thought in Renaissance England (New York, 1968, first pub. 1937), which stresses the importance of Recorde, Dee and T.Digges.