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Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy By Jose Chabas Bergon

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In Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy the authors provide examples of original and intelligent approaches and solutions given by medieval astronomers to the problems of their discipline, mostly presented in the form of astronomical tables.
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Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy by Jose Chabas Bergon

During the Middle Ages and early modern times tables were a most successful and economical way to present mathematical procedures and astronomical models and to facilitate computations. Before the sixteenth century astronomical models introduced by Ptolemy in Antiquity were rarely challenged, and innovation consisted in elaborating new methods for calculating planetary positions and other celestial phenomena. Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy includes twelve articles that focus on astronomical tables, offering many examples where the meaning and purpose of such tables has been determined by careful analysis. In evaluating the work of medieval scholars we are mindful of the importance of applying criteria consistent with their own time, which may be different from those appropriate for other periods.

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About Jose Chabas Bergon


Jose Chabas, Ph.D. (1989), University of Barcelona, Spain, now at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, has focused on the review of astronomical tables and the computational methods used to compile them, as a means to study the transmission of astronomical ideas throughout Western Europe. Bernard R. Goldstein, Ph.D. (1963), Brown University, is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. Together with Jose Chabas he has published several books, most recently A Survey of European Astronomical Tables in the Late Middle Ages (Brill, 2012).

Table of Contents


Contents List of Figures Introduction Part 1 - Conjunctions and Oppositions 1 Nicholaus de Heybech and His Table for Finding True Syzygy 2 Computational Astronomy: Five Centuries of Finding True Syzygy 3 Transmission of Computational Methods within the Alfonsine Corpus: The Case of the Tables of Nicholaus de Heybech Part 2 - Planetary Motions 4 Ptolemy, Bianchini, and Copernicus: Tables for Planetary Latitudes 5 Displaced Tables in Latin: The Tables for the Seven Planets for 1340 6 Computing Planetary Positions: User-Friendliness and the Alfonsine Corpus Part 3 - Sets of Tables 7 Andalusian Astronomy: al-Zij al-Muqtabis of Ibn al-Kammad 8 Early Alfonsine Astronomy in Paris: The Tables of John Vimond (1320) 2279 John of Murs's Tables of 1321 10 Isaac Ibn al-Hadib and Flavius Mithridates: The Diffusion of an Iberian Astronomical Tradition in the Late Middle Ages Part 4 - Other Tables 11 Ibn al-Kammad's Star List 12 Astronomical Activity in Portugal in the Fourteenth Century Index

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GOR010624994
Essays on Medieval Computational Astronomy by Jose Chabas Bergon
Jose Chabas Bergon
Time, Astronomy, and Calendars
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Brill
2014-11-13
416
9004281746
9789004281745
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