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Astronomies and cultures in early medieval Europe

Author: Stephen C McCluskey
Publisher: Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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"Historians have long recognized that the rebirth of science in twelfth-century Europe flowed from a search for ancient scientific texts. But this search presupposes knowledge and interest; we seek only what we know to be valuable. The emergence of scholarly interest after centuries of apparent stagnation seems paradoxical." "This book resolves that seeming contradiction by describing four active traditions of early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen C McCluskey
ISBN: 0521583616 9780521583619
OCLC Number: 36501275
Description: xiv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The environment for medieval astronomies. Astronomies in cultures --
The heritage of astronomical practice --
Astronomy and Christian thought --
pt. II. The cultivation of early medieval astronomies. Continuity and change in solar ritual --
Computing the central time --
the date of Easter --
Observing the celestial order --
monastic timekeeping --
Astronomy in the liberal arts --
pt. III. The harvest of medieval astronomies. The fusion of astronomical traditions --
The encounter of Arabic and Latin astronomies --
The rebirth of Ptolemaic astronomy.
Responsibility: Stephen C. McCluskey.
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This book provides an overview of the astronomical practices that continued through the so-called 'Dark Ages'.  Read more...

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