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Preliminaries

Elly Dekker

in Illustrating the Phaenomena: Celestial cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199609697
eISBN:
9780191745645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609697.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Celestial cartography developed according to two distinct traditions characterized by the way the stars are being mapped. One tradition uses descriptions of locations of stars within constellations, ... More


Exploring the Sphere

Glen Van Brummelen

in Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter introduces the reader to the celestial sphere, or the Earth's surface. By rotating the sphere, the motions of the heavens can be simulated. There are three features of celestial motion ... More


Some Early Astronomy

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

The activities of the first local notable person related to Glasgow astronomy form this chapter. George Sinclair, Professor of Natural Philosophy, is known for his tracts on physics, astronomy, ... More


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