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Chasing Shadows: Mathematics, Astronomy, and the Early History of Eclipse Reckoning (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics) Hardcover – April 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0801896910 ISBN-10: 0801896916 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801896916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801896910
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A substantial contribution to the history of ancient astronomy. It is especially significant because of the cultures discussed and in particular its treatment of Indian astronomy.

(John Steele, Brown University)

This very well written book is densely packed with information.

(John Silvester Spaceflight)

I am not aware of any other book that covers the treatment of eclipses in early astronomy in anything like the breadth of culture and geography, the depth of mathematical astronomy, the scholarly analysis, and the general accessibility that we find in this book.

(Dennis Duke Journal for the History of Astronomy)

The book is splendid. It is a sophisticated scholarly work with important broader theses... Chasing Shadows will be a first contact for scholars on the history of eclipse theory for many years to come.

(Glen Van Brummelen Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science)

The book sets a high standard for scholarship, and is written in compelling prose. It will be the standard reference for the history of eclipses.

(John McCleary MAA Reviews)

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Clemency Montelle is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury.

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By Freedom Cole on June 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow, what a history: well researched and well written. The author has made some difficult math accessible. He has made some inaccessible ancient astronomy available and he has covered a huge amount of material. An incredible source for understanding mankind's road to understanding eclipses.
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