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The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars (Wooden Books)

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The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars.

The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya discovered many strange numerical harmonics.  Their lunar calendar was extremely accurate; far more so than the Greek Metonic cycle; they tracked Venus to an accuracy of less than a day in five hundred years and their tables could have been used to predict eclipses seven hundred years in the future. This book will provide a much needed compact guide to the Mayan calendar systems as well as covering the essentials of calendar development throughout the world.

Synopsis:

The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars.

 

The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya discovered many strange numerical harmonics.  Their lunar calendar was extremely accurate--far more so than the Greek Metonic cycle; they tracked Venus to an accuracy of less than a day in five hundred years and their tables could have been used to predict eclipses seven hundred years in the future. This book will provide a much needed compact guide to the Mayan calendar systems as well as covering the essentials of calendar development throughout the world.

About the Author

Geoff Stray is a leading researcher on the Maya Calendar. He is the author of Beyond 2012, a book examining the Mayan "end of time" calendar date of December 21, 2012. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802716347
Author:
Stray, Geoff
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
History - Ancient/Classical
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Calendar
Subject:
Maya calendar
Subject:
Indian astronomy -- Central America.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
History - Ancient
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Wooden Books
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
6.44 x 6.25 x 0.445 in

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The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars.

 

The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya discovered many strange numerical harmonics.  Their lunar calendar was extremely accurate--far more so than the Greek Metonic cycle; they tracked Venus to an accuracy of less than a day in five hundred years and their tables could have been used to predict eclipses seven hundred years in the future. This book will provide a much needed compact guide to the Mayan calendar systems as well as covering the essentials of calendar development throughout the world.

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