Scientific astronomy in antiquity

  title={Scientific astronomy in antiquity},
  author={Asg{\'e}r Aaboe},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={21 - 42}
  • A. Aaboe
  • Published 2 May 1974
  • Physics
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The character and content of Babylonian scientific or mathematical astronomy, as we know it from texts of the last half millennium b.c., are sketched. This late-Babylonian astronomy is set in contrast to earlier Babylonian astronomy as well as to the kinds of astronomy found in other ancient cultures, and an attempt is made at a very broad classification of such pre-scientific astronomies. The lateness and uniqueness of Babylonian mathematical astronomy is emphasized, and it is shown that its… 
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  • Physics
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  • 1948
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