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85-03 Astronomy and astrophysics -- Historical En-ligne: Springerlink | zbMath | MSN

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The book begins with an introduction to Babylonian mathematical astronomy in general and to “procedure texts” in particular. Chapter 2 describes the mathematical concepts found in the texts, including a discussion of the technical terms used by the Babylonians. The terminology of the mathematical texts is always used for comparison. Graphics and flow-charts are used to make the ancient texts (which are not illustrated) more palatable to a modern reader. Chapter 3 and 4 explain the algorithms which produce the dates and positions of the phenomena of the planets and the moon, respectively. These expositions are exceptionally clear and very helpful, be it for the well-acquainted or for the newly interested reader. ... (zbMath)

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