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Episodes from the early history of astronomy

Author: Asger Aaboe
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Asger Aaboe selects a few significant "episodes" from early astronomy and treats them in detail, rather than attempting a general survey. First he gives a descriptive account of what one should see when one looks at the sky with the naked eye, unbiased by received knowledge, and with curiosity and wit. He then turns to the arithmetical astronomy of ancient Mesopotamia, where astronomy first became an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Asger Aaboe
ISBN: 0387951369 9780387951362
OCLC Number: 44732327
Description: xv, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What Every Young Person Ought to Know About Naked-Eye Astronomy --
1. Babylonian Arithmetical Astronomy --
2. Greek Geometrical Planetary Models --
3. Ptolemy's Cosmology --
4. Kepler Motion Viewed from Either Focus.
Responsibility: Asger Aaboe.
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Phenomena in the heavens are of great importance to many, and much of the lore of astronomy and astrology dates back to the earliest days of civilisation. The astronomy of the ancients is thus of  Read more...

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