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- DescriptionThis is the first complete English translation of Gemis's Introduction to the Phemena--one of the most important and interesting astromical works of its type to have survived from Greek antiquity. Gracefully and charmingly written, Gemis's first-century BC textbook for beginning students of astromy can w be read straight through with understanding and enjoyment by a wider audience than ever before. James Evans and Lennart Berggren's accurate and readable translation is accompanied by a thorough introduction and commentary that set Gemis's work in its historical, scientific, and philosophical context. This book is generously illustrated with diagrams from medieval manuscripts of Gemis's text, as well as drawings and photographs of ancient astromical instruments. It will be of great interest to students of the history of science, to classicists, and to professional and amateur astromers who seek to learn more about the origins of their science. Gemis provides a clear view of Greek astromy in the period between Hipparchos and Ptolemy, treating such subjects as the zodiac, the constellations, the theory of the celestial sphere, lunar cycles, and eclipses. Most significantly, Gemis gives us the earliest detailed discussion of Babylonian astromy by a Greek writer, thus offering valuable insight into the cross-cultural transmission of astromical kwledge in antiquity.
- Author BiographyJames Evans is codirector of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Puget Sound. J. Lennart Berggren is Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University.
- Author(s)J. Lennart Berggren,James Evans
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication09/10/2006
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note9 halftones. 38 line illus. 23 tables.
- Weight657 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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