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AuthorNeugebauer, Otto. author
TitleA History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy [electronic resource] / by Otto Neugebauer
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 1975
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Descript LXIII, 1456 p. online resource


From the reviews: "This monumental work will henceforth be the standard interpretation of ancient mathematical astronomy. It is easy to point out its many virtues: comprehensiveness and common sense are two of the most important. Neugebauer has studied profoundly every relevant text in Akkadian, Egyptian, Greek, and Latin, no matter how fragmentary; [...] With the combination of mathematical rigor and a sober sense of the true nature of the evidence, he has penetrated the astronomical and the historical significance of his material. [...] His work has been and will remain the most admired model for those working with mathematical and astronomical texts. D. Pingree in Bibliotheca Orientalis, 1977 "... a work that is a landmark, not only for the history of science, but for the history of scholarship. HAMA [History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy] places the history of ancient Astronomy on a entirely new foundation. We shall not soon see its equal. N.M. Swerdlow in Historia Mathematica, 1979


Part One. Book I. The Almagest and its Direct Predecessors: Spherical Astronomy -- Lunar Theory -- Planetary Theory -- Apollonius -- Hipparchus. Book II. Babylonian Astronomy: Planetary Theory -- Lunar Theory -- The 'Saros' and Column -- Early Babylonian Astronomy. Part Two. Book III. Egypt. Book IV. Early Greek Astronomy: The Beginning of Greek Astronomy -- Early Lunar and Solar Theory -- Early Planetary Theory -- The Development of Spherical Astronomy. Book IV. Astronomy during the Roman Imperial Period and Late Antiquity: Planetary and Lunar Theory before Ptolemy -- Ptolemy's Minor Works and Related Topics -- The Time from Ptolemy to the Seventh Century -- Part Three. Book V. Appendices and Indices. Figures and Plates: Chronological Concepts -- Astronomical Concepts -- Mathematical Concepts -- Indices -- Figures and Plates

Physics Mathematics History Astronomy Astrophysics Cosmology Observations Astronomical Astronomy -- Observations Physics Astronomy Astrophysics and Cosmology History of Mathematical Sciences Astronomy Observations and Techniques


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