By Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun
Astronomy throughout Cultures: A heritage of Non-Western Astronomy involves essays facing the astronomical wisdom and ideology of cultures outdoor the U.S. and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, between others, the ebook comprises essays on Sky stories and Why We inform Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays tackle the connections among technology and tradition and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. every one essay is definitely illustrated and includes an large bibliography. as the geographic variety is international, the e-book fills a niche in either the historical past of technology and in cultural experiences. it's going to discover a position at the bookshelves of complex undergraduate scholars, graduate scholars, and students, in addition to in libraries serving these teams.
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The empirical, medical realm of knowing and inquiry isn't effectively separable from a extra summary, non secular realm. the 1st books within the sequence are Astronomy throughout Cultures: the heritage of Non-Western Astronomy, and arithmetic throughout Cultures: the historical past of Non- Western arithmetic. every one comprises approximately 20 chapters. such a lot take care of the subject because it is perceived via assorted cultures: Australian Aboriginal Astronomy, local American arithmetic, and so on. every one publication additionally incorporates a number of essays on similar matters, equivalent to Astronomy and Prehistory, or common sense and arithmetic. the subsequent 4 within the sequence will hide medication, Nature and the surroundings, Chemistry and Alchemy, and Physics and Optics. we are hoping the sequence might be used to supply either real information regarding the practices and practitioners of the sciences in addition to insights into the area perspectives and philosophies of the cultures that produced them. we are hoping that readers will in achieving a brand new appreciate for the accomplishments of historic civilizations and a deeper figuring out of the connection among technological know-how and tradition. To Annie Kuipers editor extraordinaire with affection and admiration TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments xi concerning the participants xiii creation xix Sky stories and Why We inform Them E. C. Krupp Astronomy and Prehistory Lawrence H. Robbins 31 Astronomy and the Dreaming: The Astronomy of the Aboriginal Australians Roslynn D. Haynes fifty three beneficial and Conceptual Astronomy in old Hawaii Michael E. Chauvin ninety one historic Astronomical Monuments in Polynesia William Liller 127 A Polynesian Astronomical standpoint: the Maori of recent Zealand Wayne Orchiston 161 The Inca: Rulers of the Andes, young ones of the solar David S. P. Dearborn 197 Mesoamerican Astronomy and the Ritual Calendar Johanna Broda 225 local American Astronomy: Traditions, Symbols, Ceremonies, Calendars, and Ruins Von Del Chamberlain 269 beginning and improvement of Indian Astronomy Sub hash Kak 303 ix x desk OF CONTENTS comments at the beginning of Indo-Tibetan Astronomy Yukio Ohashi 341 Indo-Malay Astronomy Bambang Hida yat 371 A Cultural background of Astronomy in Japan Steven L. Renshaw and Saori Ihara 385 historical past of Astronomy in Korea Park, Seong-Rae 409 Crossing the limits among Heaven and guy: Astronomy in old China solar X iaochun 423 Astronomical Practices in Africa South of the Sahara Keith Snedegar 455 Astronomy in historical Egypt Gregg De younger 475 Babylonian Astrology: Its beginning and Legacy in Europe Nicholas Campion 509 Hebrew Astronomy: Deep Soundings from a wealthy culture Y. Tzvi Langermann 555 Mathematical Astronomy in Islamic Civilization David A. King 585 Islamic folks Astronomy Daniel Martin Varisco 615 Index 651 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS i've got had loads of help within the making of this booklet. My thank you visit Maja de Keijzer, my trustworthy and constant editor at Kluwer educational Publishers. i might additionally prefer to thank Alexander Schimmelpenninck, now at Kluwer's Amsterdam department, for alleviating my fiscal burden and making it attainable for me to shop for a crimson iMac.