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Astronomy and History - Selected Essays (English, German, Paperback): Otto Neugebauer
Astronomy and History - Selected Essays (English, German, Paperback): Otto Neugebauer

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Otto Neugebauer

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The collection of papers assembled here on a variety of topics in ancient and medieval astronomy was originally suggested by Noel Swerdlow of the University of Chicago. He was also instrumental in making a selection* which would, in general, be on the same level as my book The Exact Sciences in Antiquity. It may also provide a general background for my more technical History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy and for my edition of Astronomi- cal Cuneiform Texts. Several of these republished articles were written because I wanted to put to rest well-entrenched historical myths which could not withstand close scrutiny of the sources. Examples are the supposed astronomical origin of the Egyptian calendar (see [9]), the discovery of precession by the Babylonians [16], and the "simplification" of the Ptolemaic system in Copernicus' De Revolutionibus [40]. In all of my work I have striven to present as accurately as I could what the original sources reveal (which is often very different from the received view). Thus, in [32] discussion of the technical terminology illuminates the meaning of an ancient passage which has been frequently misused to support modern theories about ancient heliocentrism; in [33] an almost isolated instance reveals how Greek world-maps really looked; and in [43] the Alexandrian Easter computus, held in awe by many historians, is shown from Ethiopic sources to be based on very simple procedures.

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Imprint: Springer-Verlag New York
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 1983
First published: 1983
Authors: Otto Neugebauer
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 539
ISBN-13: 978-0-387-90844-1
Barcode: 9780387908441
Languages: English • German
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Astronomy, space & time
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LSN: 0-387-90844-7

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