The history & practice of ancient astronomy

James Evans

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.

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  • Preface
  • 1. The Birth of Astronomy
  • 2. The Celestial Spheres
  • 3. Some Applications of Spherics
  • 5. Solar Theory and Time Reckoning
  • 6. The Fixed Stars
  • 7. Planetary Theory
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix: Patterns for Models

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書名 The history & practice of ancient astronomy
著作者等 Evans, James Carl
Evans James
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xiii, 480 p.
大きさ 29 cm
ISBN 9780195095395
NCID BA38717307
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国