The Exact Sciences in Antiquity

The Exact Sciences in Antiquity

by O. Neugebauer

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ISBN-13: 9780486223322
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1969
Edition description: 2d ed
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,159,384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Otto Neugebauer: Exacting History
Neugebauer's The Exact Sciences in Antiquity became an instant unique classic of scientific literature when first published in 1951 in the United States and in Copenhagen where he had lived and worked for some years after having been forced out of Germany because of his opposition to National Socialism. At the start of World War II, Otto Neugebauer (1899–1990) left Europe for Brown University where he founded the History of Mathematics Department. Years later a colleague at Brown recalled Neugebauer's eloquent summary of the dark years in Germany: "If you never heard the sound of Nazi boots below you in the street, you cannot understand the history of the period."

In the 1980s he moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He wrote several books and many articles in addition to The Exact Sciences in Antiquity. His monumental three-volume History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy (1975) is the definitive work on the subject. Dover reprinted The Exact Sciences in Antiquity in 1969.

Critical Acclaim for Otto Neugebauer:
"Otto Neugebauer was the most original and productive scholar of the history of the exact sciences, perhaps of the history of science, of our age. He began as a mathematician, turned first to Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics, and then took up the history of mathematical astronomy, to which he afterward devoted the greatest part of his attention. In a career of sixty-five years, he to a great extent created our understanding of mathematical astronomy from Babylon and Egypt, through Greco-Roman antiquity, to India, Islam, and Europe of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Through his colleagues, students, and many readers, his influence on the study of the history of the exact sciences remains profound, even definitive." ― N. M. Swerdlow

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Chapter I. Numbers
Bibliography to Chapter I
Notes and References to Chapter I
Chapter II. Babylonian Mathematics
Bibliography to Chapter II
Notes and References to Chapter II
Chapter III. The Sources; their Decipherment and Evaluation
Notes to Chapter III
Chapter IV. Egyptian Mathematics and Astronomy
Bibliography to Chapter IV
Notes and References to Chapter IV
Chapter V. Babylonian Astronomy
Bibliography to Chapter V
Notes and References to Chapter V
Chapter VI. Origin and Transmission of Hellenistic Science
Bibliography to Chapter VI
Notes and References to Chatpter VI
Appendix I. The Ptolemaic System
Bibliography to Appendix I
Notes and References to Appendix I
Appendix II. On Greek Mathematics
Bibliography to Appendix II
Notes and References to Appendix II
The Zodiacal and Planetary Signs
Chronological Table

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