Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of David Pingree

Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of David Pingree

by Jan Hogendijk
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004132023

ISBN-13: 9789004132023

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This collection of essays reflects the wide range of David Pingree's expertise in the scientific texts (above all, concerning astronomy and astrology) of Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, India, Persia, and the medieval Arabic, Hebrew and Latin traditions. Both theoretical aspects and the practical applications of the exact sciences-in time keeping, prediction of the

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This collection of essays reflects the wide range of David Pingree's expertise in the scientific texts (above all, concerning astronomy and astrology) of Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, India, Persia, and the medieval Arabic, Hebrew and Latin traditions. Both theoretical aspects and the practical applications of the exact sciences-in time keeping, prediction of the future, and the operation of magic-are dealt with.
The book includes several critical editions and translations of hitherto unknown or understudied texts, and a particular emphasis is on the diffusion of scientific learning from one culture to another, and through time.
Above all, the essays show the variety and sophistication of the exact sciences in non-Western societies in pre-modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004132023
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies Series, #54
Pages:
894
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Constellation into Planet3
Stars, Cities, and Predictions16
An Early Observation Text for Mars: HSM 1899.2.112 (= HSM 1490)33
A Babylonian Rising Times Scheme in Non-Tabular Astronomical Texts56
Babylonian Mathemagics: Two Mathematical Astronomical-Astrological Texts95
An 'Almagest' Before Ptolemy's?129
Ptolemy's Harmonics and the 'Tones of the Universe' in the Canobic Inscription137
Neither Observation nor Astronomical Tables: An Alternative Way of Computing the Planetary Longitudes in the Early Western Middle Ages181
Les Tables Faciles de Ptolemee: une edition critique223
Arabic and Latin Astrology Compared in the Twelfth Century: Firmicus, Adelard of Bath and 'Doctor Elmirethi' ('Aristoteles Milesius')247
On the Dimension of the Astral Bodies in Zoroastrian Literature: Between Tradition and Scientific Astronomy267
Jambudvipa: Apples or Plums?287
Setting Up the Water Clock for Telling the Time of Marriage302
Planet Worship in Ancient India331
Competing Cosmologies in Early Modern Indian Astronomy349
Two Benares Manuscripts of Narayana Pandita's Bijaganitavatamsa386
Indian Rules for the Decomposition of Fractions497
Area of a Bow-Figure in India517
A Survey of Rules for Computing the True Daily Motion of the Planets in India533
The Problem of the Sun's Corner Altitude and Convergence of Fixed-Point Iterations in Medieval Indian Astronomy552
Sanskrit Scientific Texts in Indo-Persian Sources, with Special Emphasis on Siddhantas and Karanas587
The Fragments of Abu Sahl al-Kuhi's Lost Geometrical Works in the Writings of al-Sijzi609
A Hellenistic Astrological Table Deemed Worthy of Being Penned in Gold Ink: the Arabic Tradition of Vettius Valens' Auxiliary Function for Finding the Length of Life666
Magic Squares for Daily Life715
A Prognostication Based on the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in 1166 (561 A.H.)735
Astrology and Prophecy: The Ikhwan al-Safa and the Legend of the Seven Sleepers758
Ibn al-Haytham and Eudoxus: The Revival of Homocentric Modeling in Islam786
Reform of Ptolematic Astronomy at the Court of Ulugh Beg810
The Zij-i Nasiri by Mahmud ibn Umar: the Earliest Indian Zij and Its Relation to the Ala i Zij825
Current Bibliography of David Pingree863
Index of names of ancient and medieval authors883

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