Sanskrit Astronomical Tables

 
 
Springer (Verlag)
  • erschienen im Oktober 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • X, 308 Seiten
978-3-319-97036-3 (ISBN)
 
This groundbreaking volume provides an up-to-date, accessible guide to Sanskrit astronomical tables and their analysis. It begins with an overview of Indian mathematical astronomy and its literature, including table texts, in the context of history of pre-modern astronomy. It then discusses the primary mathematical astronomy content of table texts and the attempted taxonomy of this genre before diving into the broad outlines of their representation in the Sanskrit scientific manuscript corpus. Finally, the authors survey the major categories of individual tables compiled in these texts, complete with brief analyses of some of the methods for constructing and using them, and then chronicle the evolution of the table-text genre and the impacts of its changing role on the discipline of Sanskrit jyoti¿a. There are also three appendices: one inventories all the identified individual works in the genre currently known to the authors; one provides reference information about the details of all the notational, calendric, astronomical, and other classification systems invoked in the study; and one serves as a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms.
Book
2019
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • 55 farbige Abbildungen, 85 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 91 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen, Bibliographie
  • Höhe: 241 mm
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  • Breite: 161 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 632 gr
978-3-319-97036-3 (9783319970363)
10.1007/978-3-319-97037-0
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
1. Introduction.- 2. Content and Classification of Table Texts.- 3. Table-Text Manuscripts.- 4. Elements of Table Texts.- 5. The Evolution of the Table-Text Genre.- 6. Further Explorations.- Appendices.
"The authors and the publisher are to be congratulated for bringing to the market and our reference shelves a thorough, well-organized, deeply-researched, and beautifully presented book. ... I am by no means qualified to comment on the particulars of the authors' analyses of the manuscripts they examined. I can say that I enjoyed reading the book and that it broadened my thinking about what mathematics is and what mathematicians do." (Scott Guthery, MAA Reviews, August 24, 2019)
This groundbreaking volume provides an up-to-date, accessible guide to Sanskrit astronomical tables and their analysis. It begins with an overview of Indian mathematical astronomy and its literature, including table texts, in the context of history of pre-modern astronomy. It then discusses the primary mathematical astronomy content of table texts and the attempted taxonomy of this genre before diving into the broad outlines of their representation in the Sanskrit scientific manuscript corpus. Finally, the authors survey the major categories of individual tables compiled in these texts, complete with brief analyses of some of the methods for constructing and using them, and then chronicle the evolution of the table-text genre and the impacts of its changing role on the discipline of Sanskrit jyotisa. There are also three appendices: one inventories all the identified individual works in the genre currently known to the authors; one provides reference information about the details of all the notational, calendric, astronomical, and other classification systems invoked in the study; and one serves as a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms.

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