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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Evans
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 494
    Width: 218 mm
    Height: 284 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 1,238 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195095395
    ISBN 10: 0195095391
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A52120000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    DC21: 520.9
    DC22: 520/.938
    LC classification: QB16 .E93 1998
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 520.938
    LC classification: QB16.E93 1
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, PG
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones and line figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    26 November 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about the fascinating struggle to bring sense to the celestial sphere and the complicated motions of the planets...If you would like to know more about the technical side of ancient astronomy, this book is for you, and a personal copy would be well worth having. Certainly every university library should have a copy on its shelves. Mike Dworetsky, Physics World, July 1999
    Table of contents
    Preface ; 1. The Birth of Astronomy ; 2. The Celestial Spheres ; 3. Some Applications of Spherics ; 5. Solar Theory and Time Reckoning ; 6. The Fixed Stars ; 7. Planetary Theory ; Bibliography ; Appendix: Patterns for Models