Sagan's Cosmos  remains an inspiring introduction to the history of science, as well as to general astronomy. Farrington  provides a more detailed treatment of the Greeks, whereas Bryson gives a surprisingly extensive and entertaining overview of the history of modern natural science in his A Short History of Nearly Everything .
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2. Russell, B. (1959) Wisdom of the West, Rathbone Books, London.
3. Sagan, C. (1980) Cosmos, Random House, New York.
4. Koestler, A. (1964) The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe, Penguin Books, London.
5. Sagan, C. and Druyan, A. (1985) Comet, Random House, New York.
6. Sagan, C. (1996) The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Random House, New York.
7. Bryson, B. (2004) A Short History of Nearly Everything, Transworld Publishers, London.