The Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos
320 pp., 6 x 9 in, 43 b&w illus.
- Published: September 18, 2014
A bold vision of cosmology mapping how the pole star became associated with political power, religious rapture, and social hierarchies.
From H.P. Lovecraft to Philip Pullman, popular culture is rife with the mystique of the North.
Why does it command such fascination? How far into the past do its roots extend?
Ranging from the Stone Age to the Space Age, North's bold vision of cosmology maps how the pole star became associated with political power, religious rapture, and social hierarchies. And when the Copernican Revolution unseated the idea of Earth as the centre of everything, shards of this polar cosmos fell down, seeding strange fantasies, haunting our modern world with remnants of celestial dreams…