The Babylonian Theory of the Planets

Author: N. M. Swerdlow
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400864867
Release Date: 2014-07-14
Genre: Science

In the second millennium b.c., Babylonian scribes assembled a vast collection of astrological omens, believed to be signs from the gods concerning the kingdom's political, military, and agricultural fortunes. The importance of these omens was such that from the eighth or seventh until the first century, the scribes observed the heavens nightly and recorded the dates and locations of ominous phenomena of the moon and planets in relation to stars and constellations. The observations were arranged in monthly reports along with notable events and prices of agricultural commodities, the object being to find correlations between phenomena in the heavens and conditions on earth. These collections of omens and observations form the first empirical science of antiquity and were the basis of the first mathematical science, astronomy. For it was discovered that planetary phenomena, although irregular and sometimes concealed by bad weather, recur in limited periods within cycles in which they are repeated on nearly the same dates and in nearly the same locations. N. M. Swerdlow's book is a study of the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and cycles in which the phenomena recur were used to reduce them to purely arithmetical computation, thereby surmounting the greatest obstacle to observation, bad weather. The work marks a striking advance in our understanding of both the origin of scientific astronomy and the astrological divination through which the kingdoms of ancient Mesopotamia were governed. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Star of Bethlehem

Author: Mark Richard Kidger
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691058237
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Science

A modern astronomer explores the mystery of the "Star of Bethlehem," drawing on Babylonian sky charts, medieval paintings, data from space probes, and other sources to discover a natural explanation for the phenomenon

For the Sake of Learning 2 vols

Author: Ann Blair
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004263314
Release Date: 2016-06-09
Genre: History

In this tribute to Anthony Grafton, fifty-eight contributors present new research across the many areas in which Grafton has been active in the history of scholarship and learned culture.

Choice

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ISBN: UCSC:32106018508322
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Academic libraries


Books in Print

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105002106081
Release Date: 1995
Genre: American literature


The Earth the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race

Author: Carl C. Anthony
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781613320228
Release Date: 2017-10-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This book by Carl C. Anthony offers a new story about race and place intended to bridge long-standing racial divides. The long-ignored history of African-American contributions to American infrastructure and the modern economic system is placed in the larger context of the birth of the universe and the evolution of humanity in Africa. The author interweaves personal experiences as an architect/planner, environmentalist, and black American with urban history, racial justice, cosmology, and the challenge of healing the environmental and social damage that threatens the future of humankind. Thoughtful writing about race, urban planning, and environmental and social equity is sparked by stories of life as an African American child in post–World War II Philadelphia, a student and civil rights activist in 1960s Harlem, a traveling student of West African architecture and culture, and a pioneering environmental justice advocate in Berkeley and New York. This book will appeal to everyone troubled by racism and searching for solutions, including individuals exploring their identity and activists eager to democratize power and advance equitable policies in historically marginalized communities. This is a rich, insightful encounter with an American urbanist with a uniquely expansive perspective on human origins, who sets forth what he calls an “inclusive vision for a shared planetary future.”

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015038923101
Release Date: 1997
Genre: American literature