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Astronomy Across Cultures

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Acknowledgements. About the Authors. Introduction. 1. Sky Tales and Why We Tell Them. 2. Astronomy and Prehistory. 3. Astronomy and the Dreaming: The Astronomy of the Aboriginal Australians. 4. Useful and Conceptual Astronomy in Ancient Hawaii. 5. Ancient Astronomical Monuments in Polynesia. 6. A Polynesia Astronomical Perspective: the Maori of New Zealand. 7. The Inca: Rulers of the Andes, Children of the Sun. 8. Mesoamerican Astronomy and the Ritual Calendar. 9. Native American Astronomy: Traditions, Symbols, Ceremonies, Calendars, and Ruins. 10. Birth and Development of Indian Astronomy. 11. Remarks on the Origin of Indo-Tibetan Astronomy. 12. Indo-Malay Astronomy. 13. A Cultural History of Astronomy in Japan. 14. History of Astronomy in Korea. 15. Crossing the Boundaries Between Heaven and Man: Astronomy in Ancient China. 16. Astronomical Practices in Africa South of the Sahara. 17. Astronomy in Ancient Egypt. 18. Babylonian Astrology: Its Origin and Legacy in Europe. 19. Hebrew Astronomy: Deep Soundings from a Rich Tradition. 20. Mathematical Astronomy in Islamic Civilization. 21. Islamic Folk Astronomy. Index.

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`This book has wide-ranging essays on the astronomies of the ancient world (other than Greek and Mesopotamian which are traditionally taken to be the forerunners of Western astronomy). The book is steeply priced, but it is worth it.' from: `Recommended.' Choice, 38:10 (2001) ` is a distinct pleasure to read the book from beginning to end.' Mathematical Reviews, 2002c `Astronomy across Cultures is a good resource for advanced students or faculty members who wish to learn of non-Western astronomical thought. The editor has assembled a coherent collection of chapters covering a wide variety of cultures and time periods. This work greatly expands the scope and coverage of the Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, ed. by Helaine Selin, from the same publisher (CH, Jan'98). Substantial chapter bibliographies; very good index.' Choice, June 2001

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