“The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky: Astrology and the Art of Prediction” by David Berlinski

"The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky: Astrology and the Art of Prediction" by David Berlinski

"The astrologer is a figure almost as old as history itself, and his science—if it is a science—expresses the universal human desire to pierce the veil of the future—if it can be pierced.

Whispering into the ears of kings, working from seedy waterfront offices, or keeping themselves in seclusion the better to study the secrets of the vaulted sky, astrologers saw in the stars a universal system, knowledge without limit. Their theory remained a fixture of thought until, all at once, astrology seemed to disappear, as Isaac Newton for the first time demostrated the power of an authentic scientific system.

But its doctrine has not vanished, and turns up, surprisingly, in many aspects of modern science. In this respect, astrology cannot die because the desire to see into the future is an immortal human longing.

In a most fascinating and sophisticated treatment, David Berlinski's superb new book traces the birth, life, and continuing power of astrology in our world."