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    Chasing Shadows: Mathematics, Astronomy, and the Early History of Eclipse Reckoning (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics) (Hardback) By (author) Clemency Montelle

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    DescriptionLunar and solar eclipses have always fascinated human beings. Digging deep into history, Clemency Montelle examines the ways in which theoretical understanding of eclipses originated and how ancient and medieval cultures shared, developed, and preserved their knowledge of these awe-inspiring events. Eclipses were the celestial phenomena most challenging to understand in the ancient world. Montelle draws on original research-much of it derived from reading primary source material written in Akkadian and Sanskrit, as well as ancient Greek, Latin, and Arabic-to explore how observers in Babylon, the Islamic Near East, Greece, and India developed new astronomical and mathematical techniques to predict and describe the features of eclipses. She identifies the profound scientific discoveries of these four cultures and discusses how the societies exchanged information about eclipses. In constructing this history, Montelle establishes a clear pattern of the transmission of scientific ideas from one culture to another in the ancient and medieval world. Chasing Shadows is an invitingly written and highly informative exploration of the early history of astronomy.


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    Title
    Chasing Shadows
    Subtitle
    Mathematics, Astronomy, and the Early History of Eclipse Reckoning
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clemency Montelle
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801896910
    ISBN 10: 0801896916
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PGS, PDA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PBX
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: QA
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16220
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, MAT015000, SCI004000
    DC22: 523.38
    Thema V1.0: PBX, PDA, NHC, PGS
    Illustrations note
    6 halftones, 51 line drawings
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    27 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Clemency Montelle is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury.
    Review quote
    "A substantial contribution to the history of ancient astronomy. It is especially significant because of the cultures discussed and in particular its treatment of Indian astronomy." - John Steele, Brown University"