The history and practice of ancient astronomy

James Evans, 1948-

Book - 1998

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New York : Oxford University Press 1998.
Main Author
James Evans, 1948- (-)
Physical Description
xiii, 480 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-472) and index.
  • 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
  • Appendix: patterns for models
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
Review by Choice Review

Evans offers one of the most comprehensive books on ancient astronomy. The title is appropriate, for it encompasses astronomy from ancient Babylonian observations through the zenith of Greek science during the eight centuries beginning about 600 BCE, through the Middle Ages in Europe and the Islamic lands of the Middle East, to Copernicus and Kepler. This Western tradition centers on the observable sky and its measure. The words "history and practice" mean just that; the book can be used as a text for hands-on work in such areas as navigation and surveying, as well as in studying the historical development of the field. In its devotion to detail, it has few equals. Though limited to pretelescopic astronomy, it has much for the present-day astronomy on position and motion, time and the calendar, the seasons, and the constellations, due to the richness and sophistication of the astronomy of these periods. As treatise, handbook, and source, it is unexcelled. Recommended for all libraries. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. A. R. Upgren Wesleyan University

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