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The Babylonian theory of the planets

Author: N M Swerdlow
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Modern scholars have long struggled to understand the sophisticated workings of Babylonian astronomy and, in particular, how the scribe derived from observation the numerical parameters of their planetary theory in this book, N.M. Swerdlow offers a solution to that problem. He examines here the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: N M Swerdlow
ISBN: 0691011966 9780691011967
OCLC Number: 37493002
Description: xv, 246 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: <TABLE> <TR> <TD> <TD> Preface <TR> <TD> <TD> Observation of Phenomena <TR> <TD> <TD> Calculation of Phenomena <TR> <TD> Pt. 1 <TD> Periodicity and Variability of Synodic Phenomena <TR> <TD> <TD> Dates and Locations of Phenomena in the Diaries: Observed and True Dates <TR> <TD> <TD> Periods and Their Errors <TR> <TD> <TD> Synodic Arc, Synodic Time, and Their Relation <TR> <TD> Pt. 2 <TD> Derivation of the Parameters for Synodic Arc and Time from the Dates of Phenomena <TR> <TD> <TD> System B <TR> <TD> <TD> System A <TR> <TD> <TD> Mercury: Systems A[subscript 1] and A[subscript 2] <TR> <TD> Pt. 3 <TD> Alignment to the Zodiac, Initial Position, Elongation, Subdivision of the Synodic Arc and Time <TR> <TD> <TD> Initial Position and Elongation <TR> <TD> <TD> Elongation and Subdivision of the Synodic Arc and Time <TR> <TD> <TD> Summary and Conclusion <TR> <TD> <TD> Finding the Synodic Arc from the Direct Measurement of Longitude <TR> <TD> <TD> Tables <TR> <TD> <TD> Figures <TR> <TD> <TD> Notation and Abbreviations <TR> <TD> <TD> References <TR> <TD> <TD> Index of Names <TR> <TD> <TD> Index of Subjects
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A study of the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and cycles in which the phenomena recur were used to reduce them to  Read more...

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