By James Evans
The background and perform of old Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on technology to deliver readers into direct touch with the paintings of historical astronomers. whereas tracing principles from historic Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the publication areas its maximum emphasis at the Greek interval, whilst astronomers built the geometric and philosophical rules that experience made up our minds the following personality of Western astronomy. the writer techniques this background throughout the concrete information of old astronomical perform. rigorously equipped and generously illustrated, the ebook can train readers the right way to do actual astronomy utilizing the equipment of historic astronomers. for instance, readers will discover ways to expect the following retrograde movement of Jupiter utilizing both the arithmetical equipment of the Babylonians or the geometric tools of Ptolemy. they'll the way to use an astrolabe and the way to layout sundials utilizing Greek and Roman innovations. The e-book additionally includes supplementary routines and styles for making a few operating astronomical tools, together with an astrolabe and an equatorium. greater than a presentation of astronomical tools, the booklet presents a serious examine the proof used to reconstruct old astronomy. It contains wide excerpts from old texts, meticulous documentation, and full of life discussions of the position of astronomy within the a number of cultures. available to a large viewers, this booklet will entice a person attracted to how our realizing of our position within the universe has replaced and constructed, from precedent days throughout the Renaissance.