A Survey of European Astronomical Tables in the Late Middle Ages

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This is a survey of the numerous astronomical tables compiled in the late Middle Ages, which represent a major intellectual enterprise. Such tables were often the best way available at the time for transmitting precise information to the reader.
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Overview

This is a survey of the numerous astronomical tables compiled in the late Middle Ages, which represent a major intellectual enterprise. Such tables were often the best way available at the time for transmitting precise information to the reader.
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"[...] an excellent guide for all those who are interested in the history of medieval European astronomy and, especially, in medieval astronomical tables. The author of this review, who has dedicated his life to the study of Andalusian and Maghribī astronomy, can only thank the authors for a book that emphasizes the influence of this tradition in medieval Europe."

Julio Samsó, University of Barcelona

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004230583
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Series: Time, Astronomy, and Calendars Series , #2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

José Chabás, Ph. D. (1998), University of Barcelona, Spain, is University Professor Emeritus at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. He has focused his work on astronomy during the Middle Ages and the early modern period, with a special emphasis on astronomical tables.

Bernard R. Goldstein, Ph.D. (1963) in History of Mathematics, Brown University, is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. He has published extensively on ancient and medieval astronomy, based on sources in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Chronology
2. Trigonometry and spherical astronomy
3. Equation of time
4. Precession and apogees
5. Mean motions and radices
6. Equations
7. True positions
8. Velocity
9. Latitudes
10. Stations and retrogradations
11. Visibility of the Moon and the planets
12. Parallax
13. Syzygies
14. Planetary conjunctions
15. Eclipses
16. Fixed stars
17. Geographical lists
18. Astrology
19. Miscellaneous
Bibliography
Index
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