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From Eudoxus to Einstein

From Eudoxus to Einstein
A History of Mathematical Astronomy

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  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827508

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  • Since humans first looked towards the heavens, they have attempted to predict and explain the motions of the sun, moon, and planets. This book describes the theories of planetary motion that have been developed through the ages, from the homocentric spheres of Eudoxus to Einstein's general theory of relativity. It emphasizes the interaction between progress in astronomy and in mathematics, demonstrating how the two have been inextricably linked since Babylonian times.

    • Comprehensive history of planetary astronomy with emphasis on the underlying mathematics
    • Suitable for courses in the history of astronomy or mathematics
    • Contains extensive references and illustrations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In an authoritative, well-organized presentation of the historical developments, annotated by extensive references, Linton explains the new concepts of mathematics [...] An excellent survey of the history of this field. Highly recommended." D.E. Hogg, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, CHOICE

    "This thoroughly-researched book demands the reader's attention and effort, but rewards the investment richly. It will be an important reference work for decades to come; I hope it will also provide a model for more expositions of challenging mathematical topics to a wider audience." MAA Reviews, Glen van Brummelen

    "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 Curtis Wilson, St. John's College, Annapolis

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    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827508
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.916kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Spheres and circles
    3. The Ptolemaic universe
    4. Developments in geocentric astronomy
    5. The heliocentric universe
    6. Tycho Brahe, Kepler and the ellipse
    7. Galileo, the telescope and Keplerian astronomy
    8. The universal theory of gravitation
    9. Celestial mechanics
    10. The asteroids and the outer planets
    11. New methods
    12. Mercury and relativity
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    C. M. Linton, Loughborough University
    Christopher Linton is Head of the Mathematical Sciences Department at Loughborough University.

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