Babylonian mathematical astronomy: procedure texts / Mathieu Ossendrijver

Auteur: Ossendrijver, Mathieu (1967-) - AuteurType de document: Livre numérique Collection: Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences Langue: anglaisÉditeur: New York : Springer, cop. 2012 ISBN: 9781461437819 Note: 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) Sujets MSC: 01A17 History and biography -- History of mathematics and mathematicians -- Babylonian
85-03 Astronomy and astrophysics -- Historical
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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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