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The history and practice of ancient astronomy

Author: James Evans
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on science to bring readers into direct contact with the work of ancient astronomers. While tracing ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the book places its greatest emphasis on the Greek period, when astronomers developed the geometric and philosophical ideas that have determined the subsequent character of Western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Evans, James, 1948-
History and practice of ancient astronomy.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(DLC) 97016539
(OCoLC)36877378
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Evans
ISBN: 9780199874453 019987445X
OCLC Number: 729872798
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 480 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Birth of astronomy --
Celestial sphere --
Some applications of spherics --
Calendars and time reckoning --
Solar theory --
Fixed stars --
Planetary theory --
Frequently used tables --
Appendix : patterns for models.
Responsibility: James Evans.
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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on science to bring readers into direct contact with the work of ancient astronomers. While tracing ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the book places its greatest emphasis on the Greek period, when astronomers developed the geometric and philosophical ideas that have determined the subsequent character of Western astronomy. The author approaches this history through the concrete details of ancient astronomical practice. Carefully organized and generously illustrated, the book can teach reade.

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