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By James Evans

The heritage and perform of old Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on technology to deliver readers into direct touch with the paintings of historic astronomers. whereas tracing rules from old Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the booklet locations its maximum emphasis at the Greek interval, whilst astronomers constructed the geometric and philosophical principles that experience decided the following personality of Western astronomy. the writer ways this heritage during the concrete info of old astronomical perform. rigorously prepared and generously illustrated, the booklet can educate readers how you can do actual astronomy utilizing the tools of historic astronomers. for instance, readers will discover ways to are expecting the following retrograde movement of Jupiter utilizing both the arithmetical tools of the Babylonians or the geometric equipment of Ptolemy. they are going to easy methods to use an astrolabe and the way to layout sundials utilizing Greek and Roman innovations. The publication additionally comprises supplementary routines and styles for making a few operating astronomical tools, together with an astrolabe and an equatorium. greater than a presentation of astronomical equipment, the e-book presents a severe examine the proof used to reconstruct old astronomy. It comprises broad excerpts from old texts, meticulous documentation, and full of life discussions of the function of astronomy within the numerous cultures. obtainable to a large viewers, this ebook will attract a person attracted to how our realizing of our position within the universe has replaced and constructed, from precedent days in the course of the Renaissance.

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