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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy

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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on science to bring readers into direct contact with the work of ancient astronomers. While tracing ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the book places its greatest emphasis on the Greek period, when astronomers developed the geometric and philosophical ideas that have determined the subsequent character of Western astronomy. The author approaches this history through the concrete details of ancient astronomical practice. Carefully organized and generously illustrated, the book can teach readers how to do real astronomy using the methods of ancient astronomers. For example, readers will learn to predict the next retrograde motion of Jupiter using either the arithmetical methods of the Babylonians or the geometric methods of Ptolemy. They will learn how to use an astrolabe and how to design sundials using Greek and Roman techniques. The book also contains supplementary exercises and patterns for making some working astronomical instruments, including an astrolabe and an equatorium. More than a presentation of astronomical methods, the book provides a critical look at the evidence used to reconstruct ancient astronomy. It includes extensive excerpts from ancient texts, meticulous documentation, and lively discussions of the role of astronomy in the various cultures. Accessible to a wide audience, this book will appeal to anyone interested in how our understanding of our place in the universe has changed and developed, from ancient times through the Renaissance.

Synopsis:

A study of the Western astronomical tradition from ancient Babylonia to the European Renaissance, with emphasis on the Greek period. The book explores the evidence for the astronomy of the ancient past and how astronomy was practised. Emphasis is placed on the material culture of ancient astronomy.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-472) and index.

Table of Contents

1. The birth of astronomy

2. The celestial sphere

3. Some applications of spherics

4. Calendars and time reckoning

5. Solar theory

6. The fixed stars

7. Planetary theory

Appendix: patterns for models

Notes

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195095395
Author:
Evans, James
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, James
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Astronomy, ancient
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
TB1023
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones, 227 linecuts
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.7 x 10.9 x 1.5 in 3 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
Metaphysics » Astrology
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