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Early astronomy

Author: Hugh Thurston
Publisher: New York : Springer, 1996.
Series: Springer Study Edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st softcover printing]View all editions and formats

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Thurston
ISBN: 038794107X 9780387941073 354094107X 9783540941071 0387948228 9780387948225
OCLC Number: 718426701
Description: x, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Early Stargazers.- The Celestial Bowl.- The Constellations.- The Rotation of the Heavens.- Small Irregularities.- The Sun.- The Directions of Sunrise and Sunsets.- The Irregular Sun.- The Moon.- The Direction of Moonrise.- The Cycles of the Moon.- The Irregular Moon.- Eclipses.- The Luni-Solar Calendar.- The Planets.- Venus Observed.- Rising Azimuths.- The Stars.- Heliacal Risings.- Precession.- Precession and the Pyramids.- The Astronomer's Tools.- Celestial Latitude and Longitude.- Armillaries.- Polar Elevations and the Obliquity of the Ecliptic.- 2. Megalithic Astronomy.- Stonehenge.- Other Megalithic Structures.- 3. The Babylonians.- Early Period.- The Mul-Apin Tables.- The Zodiac.- Observations.- Sexagesimal Numerals.- Late Period.- The Sun.- The Moon.- Latitude.- The Lengths of the Months.- System B.- Lengths of Fundamental Periods for the Moon.- The Planets.- 4. The Egyptians.- 5. The Chinese.- Chinese Units.- Units of Length.- Dates.- Time of Day.- Cosmology.- Almanacs.- The Length of the Year.- Official Records.- Noon Shadows.- A Tang Dynasty Survey.- The Exact Instant of the Solstice.- Later Developments>.- The Length of the Year.- The Obliquity of the Ecliptic.- Celestial Motions.- The End of the Story.- 6. The Greeks.- The Early Thinkers.- The Classical Greeks.- Meton and Euctemon.- The Greek Zodiac.- Eudoxus.- Aristotle.- The Size of the Earth.- Does the Earth Move?.- Aristarchus.- Hipparchus.- The Length of the Year.- Periods of the Moon.- Table of Chords.- The Sun's Motion.- The Moon's Motion.- Precession.- A Possible Origin for the Constellations.- Ptolemy.- The Sun.- The Moon.- The Distance of the Moon.- The Distance of the Sun.- Eclipses.- The Stars.- The Planets.- Mercury.- Venus.- Mars.- Accuracy.- Calculations from the Theory.- Latitudes.- Note on the Epicycle Theory.- Closing Remarks on the Almagest.- The Ptolemaic Universe.- 7. The Astronomy of ?ryabha$$\mathop t\limits_.$$a.- The Sun.- The Moon.- The Planets.- Further Topics.- Unwritten Astronomy.- 8. Arabic Astronomy.- 9. The Mayas.- The Moon.- Venus.- Eclipse Table.- The Accuracy of the Maya Calendar.- 10. The European Renaissance.- Copernicus.- Tycho Brahe.- Kepler.- The Latitude of Mars.- The First Theory of Mars.- The Earth.- Mars Again: Is its Orbit a Circle?.- The Orbit of Mars Is an Ellipse.- Kepler's Laws.- Appendix 1. Hipparchus's Table of Chords.- Appendix 2. Calculation of the Eccentric-Quotient for the Sun, and the Longitude of its Apogee.- Appendix 3. Ptolemy's Table of Chords.- Appendix 4. Calculating the Radius of the Moon's Epicycle.- Appendix 5. The Eccentric-Quotient and Apogee of Mars.- Appendix 6. Reversed Epicycles.- Further Reading.- Sources of Information.
Series Title: Springer Study Edition.
Responsibility: Hugh Thurston.


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