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Astronomy before the telescope

Author: C B F Walker
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative survey to date of world astronomy before the invention of the telescope in AD 1609. International experts in every field have contributed chapters examining what observations were made, what instruments were used, the effect of developments in mathematics and measurement, and the diversity of early views of cosmology and astrology. A final chapter shows the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C B F Walker
ISBN: 0312154070 9780312154073 0312167784 9780312167783
OCLC Number: 36922915
Description: 352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / Patrick Moore --
Airchaeoastronomy in Europe / Clive Ruggles --
Astronomy in Egypt / Ronald A. Wells --
Astronomy and Astrology in Mesopotamia / John Britton and Christopher Walker --
Ptolemy and his Greek Predecessors / G. J. Toomer --
Astronomy in Etruria and Rome / T. W. Potter --
Later Greek and Byzantine Astronomy / Alexander Jones --
European Astronomy in the First Millennium: the Archaeological Record / J. V. Field --
Astronomy in India / David Pingree --
Islamic Astronomy / David A. King --
European Astronomy in the Middle Ages / Olaf Pedersen --
Astronomy in the Renaissance / N. W. Swerdlow --
Later Medieval and Renaissance Instruments / G. L'E. Turner --
Astronomy in China, Korea and Japan / Colin Ronan --
Astronomy in the Americas / Anthony F. Aveni --
Traditional Astronomical Knowledge in Africa / Brian Warner --
Australian Aboriginal, Polynesian and Maori Astronomy / Wayne Orchiston --
Modern Uses of Ancient Astronomy / F. Richard Stephenson.
Responsibility: edited by Christopher Walker, with a foreword by Patrick Moore.

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"This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative survey to date of world astronomy before the invention of the telescope in AD 1609. International experts in every field have contributed chapters examining what observations were made, what instruments were used, the effect of developments in mathematics and measurement, and the diversity of early views of cosmology and astrology. A final chapter shows the importance to modern astronomers of the celestial observations recorded by their ancient predecessors, and especially their relevance to astrophysics, solar system studies and geophysics."--Jacket.

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