Astronomy and History Selected Essays.pdf

Astronomy and History Selected Essays

O. Neugebauer

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

Accssn.No Title Author Year Category; 18963: Astronomy and astrophysics encyclopedia : Maran, Stephen P. ed. 1992: Astronomy: 18133: Astronomy and history : Selected Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non …

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