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The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy
The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy combines new scholarship with hands-on science to bring readers into direct contact with the work of ancient astronomers. While tracing ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe, the book places its greatest emphasis on the Greek period, when astronomers developed the geometric and philosophical ideas that have det ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1998)
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A very readable Astronomy textbook on how to actually perform the astronomical observations and calculations from various ancient cultures. I must admit I skimmed a lot in the motion of the planets, but I love the book for its detailed coverage of how to construct and use an astrolabe.