- Paperback: 539 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (August 8, 1983)
- Language: English, German
- ISBN-10: 0387908447
- ISBN-13: 978-0387908441
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,794,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astronomy and History Selected Essays (English and German Edition) 1st Edition
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Besides a lifetime of very diverse scholarship, Dr. Neugebauer brings much needed common sense and healthy skepticism to a field that is cluttered with assorted quacks, dilettantes, mystics and frauds. Not all of Dr. Neugebauer's conclusions have withstood the test of time and he acknowledges his debt to his Nineteenth Century predecessors, but Neugebauer is almost alone in setting this important branch of scientific history on a firm foundation. Best of all, he does so in clear and enjoyable prose, with great sympathy for both the reader and the ancient scholars.
An extraneous biographical note: According to Wikipedia, in 1933, when the Nazis came to power, Neugebauer resigned his academic position rather than take an oath of loyality to the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. A lot people talk a good game, Neugebauer had the courage of his convictions and paid a price.
Why only four stars? About half of the book is in German, a language I can only read with difficulty. At least I added the word Keilschrifttexte to my German vocabulary.