Astronomy Across Cultures
The History of Non-Western Astronomy
ISBN10: 0792363639 ISBN13: 9780792363637 Contributors: Sun, Xiaochun (Editor) Publisher: Kluwer Academic Pub Published: Oct 1 2000 Pages: 665 Weight: 2.75lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
Astronomy Across Cultures: A History of Non-Western Astronomy consists of essays dealing with the astronomical knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Polynesian, Egyptian and Tibetan astronomy, among others, the book includes essays on Sky Tales and Why We Tell Them and Astronomy and Prehistory, and Astronomy and Astrology. The essays address the connections between science and culture and relate astronomical practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay is well illustrated and contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both the history of science and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.