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Sciència.cat DB bib21849 (23 / octubre / 2019)

Darrera modificació: 2016-07-24

Chabás, José - Goldstein, Bernard R., A Survey of European Astronomical Tables in the Late Middle Ages, Leiden - Boston, Brill (Time, Astronomy, and Calendars, 2), 2012, xx + 250 pp.

Resum
A Survey of European Astronomical Tables in the Late Middle Ages is a first attempt to classify and illustrate the numerous astronomical tables compiled from about the 10th century to the early 16th century in the Latin West. The compilation of astronomical tables was a major and dynamic intellectual enterprise. These tables respond to a wide variety of astronomical problems and computational needs, and contain a large number of ingenious solutions proposed by astronomers over the centuries. In the absence of algebraic notation and mathematical graphing techniques, a table was often the best way to transmit precise information to the reader. Indeed, an astronomical table is not a just a list of data, but a structured way to present numerical information of astronomical interest.

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
Matèries
Astronomia i astrologia
Catàlegs i inventaris
Arabisme
Hebraisme
Notes
Informació de l'editor
Recensions:
* Glen Van Brummelen, a Isis, 104/4 (2013), 834-835