History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0195095391

ISBN-13: 9780195095395

Edition: 1998

Authors: James Evans
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Description: The subject of this book is the Western astronomical tradition from ancient Babylonia to the European Renaissance, with special emphasis on the Greek period. Throughout the book two questions constantly recur: what evidence permits us to reconstruct the astronomy of the ancient past? How was astronony actually practised? The book is meticulously documented and makes full use of primary sources as well as modern historical scholarship. It is richly illustrated and is unusual for its attention to the material culture of ancient astronomy. The most striking aspect of the book is its attention to astronomical practice.

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Book details

List price: $83.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.014
Language: English

James Evans did his PhD at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class Masters in Historical Research. He has worked as a producer on various historical television documentaries, including Dan Cruickshank's 'Hidden Houses' (BBC2), Niall Ferguson's 'Western Civilisation' (C4), Griff Rhys Jones's 'Rivers' (BBC1) and Michael Wood's 'English Story' (BBC2), for which he also contributed to the accompanying book.

The birth of astronomy
The celestial sphere
Some applications of spherics
Calendars and time reckoning
Solar theory
The fixed stars
Planetary theory
Appendix: patterns for models
Notes
Bibliography
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