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Astronomy across cultures : the history of non-western astronomy

Author: Helaine Selin
Publisher: Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers, cop. 2000.
Series: Science across cultures, vol. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astronomy Across Cultures: A History of Non-Western Astronomy consists of essays dealing with the astronomical knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside the United States and Europe.

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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helaine Selin
ISBN: 0792363639 9780792363637
OCLC Number: 906862092
Description: XXIII, 665 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements. About the Authors. Introduction. 1. Sky Tales and Why We Tell Them. 2. Astronomy and Prehistory. 3. Astronomy and the Dreaming: The Astronomy of the Aboriginal Australians. 4. Useful and Conceptual Astronomy in Ancient Hawaii. 5. Ancient Astronomical Monuments in Polynesia. 6. A Polynesia Astronomical Perspective: the Maori of New Zealand. 7. The Inca: Rulers of the Andes, Children of the Sun. 8. Mesoamerican Astronomy and the Ritual Calendar. 9. Native American Astronomy: Traditions, Symbols, Ceremonies, Calendars, and Ruins. 10. Birth and Development of Indian Astronomy. 11. Remarks on the Origin of Indo-Tibetan Astronomy. 12. Indo-Malay Astronomy. 13. A Cultural History of Astronomy in Japan. 14. History of Astronomy in Korea. 15. Crossing the Boundaries Between Heaven and Man: Astronomy in Ancient China. 16. Astronomical Practices in Africa South of the Sahara. 17. Astronomy in Ancient Egypt. 18. Babylonian Astrology: Its Origin and Legacy in Europe. 19. Hebrew Astronomy: Deep Soundings from a Rich Tradition. 20. Mathematical Astronomy in Islamic Civilization. 21. Islamic Folk Astronomy. Index.
Series Title: Science across cultures, vol. 1.
Responsibility: ed. Helaine Selin ; advisory ed. Sun Xiaochun.

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