- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (June 1, 1963)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486210790
- ISBN-13: 978-0486210797
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is its great advantage for any student or researcher of the history of astronomy, because it is untainted by the oversimplification which resulted from the artificial fixing of the number, names and boundaries of the constellations by the International Astronomical Union. [...]
The scope of the book is enormous, covering a breadth of material found, e.g., nowhere on the internet, and that today is saying something.
Of great value are the extensive (but not perfect) nearly 75 pages of indexes (General Index, Arabic Index, Arabic Alphabet, Greek Index, and the Index to Author and Authorities).
The history of astronomy goes hand in hand with the manner in which the ancients organized the stellar heavens above them. We have dozens of books on the history of astronomy in our private library. This book is the best - by far - on the history of the names of the stars, and we use it regularly in our own work on the history of astronomy.
There are no sky maps in this book, it is all text, so that to fully appreciate what one is reading, it is absolutely essential to have 1) the movable precessional historical planispheres of Milton D. Heifetz, 2) a software astronomy program such as Starry Night Pro capable of being set back in historical time plus having an apparently accurate Delta-T value, which e.g. RedShift does not (we unknowingly bought but do not use RedShift for this reason), and (3) a detailed modern atlas of the stars, e.g. such as one by Patrick Moore. All of these can be found at Amazon. To find Heifetz, search "Heifetz Planispheres" at Amazon. To find Starry Night Pro, search just that. To find a good star atlas by Moore search "patrick moore atlas stars".
The book loses 1 star because the original text was written in 1895: before the constellation names and boundaries were fixed by the International Astronomical Union in 1930. So a beginner could get confused by references to a star being in one constellation whereas the IAU put the star in another.
Other star folklore books don't measure in the detail as this one. If there is one fault I find with this book is that it is not illustrated. I had to use my own star map. On a personal note, because the authority of this book, I used it extensively as a source in my own writings ("On Earth as it is in Heaven, The Cosmic Roots of the Bible.")
Makes a great gift for that science/history geek in your life. Includes Arab, Babylonian, Oriental, Greek and even Biblical folklore.
If you're like me, you may find yourself startled at how many of the stars carry Arabic names, which Europe adapted in the later Middle Ages. Somehow, that makes me wonder if that obscure fact could somehow help bring about some peace and mutual understanding between the West and the Islamic world... Anyway, I wanted to also mention that if you happen to get really into this stuff, and want to do further research, you could do a lot worse than go online and try to contact a reference librarian at any good divinity school library. That sounds funny, given that this book is about astronomy, and considering the traditional tensions between astronomy and religion, but if you can get access to such a library, you'll be able to leaf through mouldering old dictionaries of many ancient tongues. Especially if the school has offerings in comparative religion. Just a thought. Keep looking up!