A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for Our Destiny in Data


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

Alexander Boxer is a data scientist with a PhD in physics and degrees in the history of science and classics. His research has appeared in Nature Physics and he was a field agent for Atlas Obscura in Washington, DC.


A delightful and utterly fascinating work of intellectual history.--Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein and coauthor of Atlas Obscura
Through striking diagrams and accessible explanations, Boxer shows us the impressive range of technology the ancients developed for tapping into astrology's predictive powers. This book demonstrates how impactful astrology is in everyday life--not through the influence of the stars, but rather through its deep scientific and cultural legacy.--Janelle Shane, author of You Look Like a Thing and I Love You
Boxer is a champion of intrepid thought. His learned book demonstrates how much we stand to gain by studying topics that just may be a little bit true. And a little truth, as Boxer shows, can change everything.--Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning author of Occult America
A fresh and original introduction to astrology's long history and deep cultural reach. Open and inquisitive, Boxer combines the critical perspective of a modern data scientist with a historian's sympathetic eye for telling detail. The result is a vivid and unique delight.--Stephen Johnston, University of Oxford
A Scheme of Heaven is a masterful synthesis--science, history, legends, literature, and an eye-opening exploration of the human penchant for pattern recognition. The book is full of wit and refreshing insight. I'll never look at a horoscope--or the night sky--in quite the same way again.--David Baron, author of American Eclipse