chapter  10
The heavens subverted?
Pages 17

A striking aspect of cosmology is how regularly it blossoms once nomadic man looks towards a settled life style. Take the pre-European civilizations in and around central America. By such criteria as writing or wheeled transport, they severally remained backward to the last. Yet striving to observe and interpret the night sky, they between them ‘encompassed a vast range of skills and abilities, from the informal lunar calendars of many North American hunting tribes to the startling precision of the Mayan bark books’.1