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Author Evans, James, 1948-

Title The history and practice of ancient astronomy / James Evans.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

LocationUniM Bail High Use 
Call No.520.938 EVAN


Physical description xiii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-472) and index.
Contents 1. The Birth of Astronomy -- 2. The Celestial Sphere -- 3. Some Applications of Spherics -- 4. Calendars and Time Reckoning -- 5. Solar Theory -- 6. The Fixed Stars -- 7. Planetary Theory.
Summary 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 readers how to do real astronomy using the methods of ancient astronomers.
More than a presentation of astronomical methods, the book provides a critical look at the evidence used to reconstruct ancient astronomy. It includes extensive excerpts from ancient texts, meticulous documentation, and lively discussions of the role of astronomy in the various cultures. Accessible to a wide audience, this book will appeal to anyone interested in how our understanding of our place in the universe has changed and developed, from ancient times through the Renaissance.
Subject Astronomy, Ancient.
ISBN 0195095391