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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy

by James Evans

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy Synopsis

The subject of this book is the Western astronomical tradition from ancient Babylonia to the European Renaissance, with special emphasis on the Greek period. Throughout the book two questions constantly recur: what evidence permits us to reconstruct the astronomy of the ancient past? How was astronony actually practised? The book is meticulously documented and makes full use of primary sources as well as modern historical scholarship. It is richly illustrated and is unusual for its attention to the material culture of ancient astronomy. The most striking aspect of the book is its attention to astronomical practice.

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy Press Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about the fascinating struggle to bring sense to the celestial sphere and the complicated motions of the planets...If you would like to know more about the technical side of ancient astronomy, this book is for you, and a personal copy would be well worth having. Certainly every university library should have a copy on its shelves. * Mike Dworetsky, Physics World, July 1999 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780195095395
Publication date: 1st May 1998
Author: James Evans
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: History of mathematics, History of science, Astronomy, space & time, History of engineering & technology,

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