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From Eudoxus to Einstein : A History of Mathematical Astronomy - C. M. Linton

From Eudoxus to Einstein

A History of Mathematical Astronomy

Paperback Published: 20th December 2007
ISBN: 9780521045711
Number Of Pages: 532

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Since man first looked towards the heavens, a great deal of effort has been put into trying to predict and explain the motions of the sun, moon and planets. Developments in man's understanding have been closely linked to progress in the mathematical sciences. Whole new areas of mathematics, such as trigonometry, were developed to aid astronomical calculations, and on numerous occasions throughout history, breakthroughs in astronomy have only been possible because of progress in mathematics. This book describes the theories of planetary motion that have been developed through the ages, beginning with the homocentric spheres of Eudoxus and ending with Einstein's general theory of relativity. It emphasizes the interaction between progress in astronomy and in mathematics, showing how the two have been inextricably linked since Babylonian times. This valuable text is accessible to a wide audience, from amateur astronomers to professional historians of astronomy.

'Linton presents the 4000 year history of astronomy from a refreshingly different viewpoint ... His treatment is thorough and clear, but not daunting.' New Scientist 'The homework requisite for the task Linton has undertaken is demanding, both in extent and depth. He has done it thoroughly and well.' Journal for the History of Astronomy

Preface
Introduction
Spheres and circles
The Ptolemaic universe
Developments in geocentric astronomy
The heliocentric universe
Tycho Brahe, Kepler and the ellipse
Galileo, the telescope, and Keplarian astronomy
The universal theory of gravitation
Celestial mechanics
The asteroids and the outer planets
New methods
Mercury and Relativity
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ISBN: 9780521045711
ISBN-10: 0521045711
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Type: Annotated

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