Astronomy Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Astronomy (Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science, Volume 1)

By Helaine Selin, Sun Xiaochun

Astronomy throughout Cultures: A historical past of Non-Western Astronomy contains essays facing the astronomical wisdom and ideology of cultures open air the USA and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, between others, the publication contains essays on Sky stories and Why We inform Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays handle the connections among technological know-how and tradition and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. each one essay is definitely illustrated and comprises an broad bibliography. as the geographic variety is international, the e-book fills a spot in either the historical past of technological know-how and in cultural stories. it may 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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