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Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
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Archaeoastronomy

Introduction to the Science of Stars and Stones

Authors: Magli, Giulio

  • Allows readers to virtually experience many astronomically-related archaeological sites through augmented reality potentialities
  • Offers a comprehensive, easy-to-read, up-to-date account of the fascinating discipline of archaeoastronomy
  • Includes sections on methodology and current understanding of a range of sites and structures
  • Features a set of exercises that can be performed using free software (e.g. Google Earth or Stellarium)
  • Offers readers the foundations of archaeoastronomy and equips them to conduct their own research
  • Provides a global didactic experience through direct links to the relevant sections of the MOOC online lessons by the same author
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About this Textbook

This is a second edition of a textbook that provides the first comprehensive, easy-to-read, and up-to-date account of the fascinating discipline of archaeoastronomy, in which the relationship between ancient constructions and the sky is studied in order to gain a better understanding of the ideas of the architects of the past and of their religious and symbolic worlds. The book is divided into three sections, the first of which explores the past relations between astronomy and people, power, the afterworld, architecture, and landscape. The second part then discusses in detail the fundamentals of archaeoastronomy, including the celestial coordinates; the apparent motion of the sun, moon, stars, and planets; observation of celestial bodies at the horizon; the use of astronomical software in archaeoastronomy; and current methods for making and analyzing measurements. The final section reviews what archaeoastronomy can now tell us about the nature and purpose of such sites and structures as Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, Chichen Itza, the Angkor Temples, the Campus Martius, and the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. In addition, it provides a set of exercises that can be performed using non-commercial free software, e.g., Google Earth and Stellarium, and that will equip readers to conduct their own research. This new edition features a completely new chapter on archaeoastronomy in Asia and an “augmented reality” framework, which on the one hand enhances the didactic value of the book using direct links to the relevant sections of the author’s MOOC (online) lessons and, on the other, allows readers to directly experience – albeit virtually –many of the spectacular archaeological sites described in the book. This is an ideal introduction to what has become a wide-ranging multidisciplinary science.

About the authors

Giulio Magli is an Italian astrophysicist/archaeoastronomer who works primarily on the relationship between the architecture of ancient cultures and the sky. After receiving his PhD in Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan, he initially conducted research in Relativistic Astrophysics but gradually moved toward Archaeoastronomy, with a special interest in the relationship between architecture, landscape, and the mathematical/astronomical lore of ancient cultures, especially among the Ancient Egyptians but also among the Incas, in Asia and in the Mediterranean. He became full professor of Mathematical Physics at the Politecnico of Milan in 2005, and he is currently Head of the Department of Mathematics there. Since 2009 he has taught the only official course on Archaeoastronomy ever established in an Italian University. His previous books include Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy (Springer 2009) and Architecture, Astronomy and Sacred Landscape in Ancient Egypt (Cambridge University Press 2013). He has taught the first ever massive open online course on Archaeoastronomy. The course is freely available on the Politecnico of Milan and Coursera’s MOOC platform, POK.

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eBook 46,00 €
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  • Atteso per: 17 ottobre 2020
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Softcover 57,19 €
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  • Atteso per: 17 ottobre 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-45146-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeoastronomy
Book Subtitle
Introduction to the Science of Stars and Stones
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45147-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45147-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-45146-2
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIII, 266
Number of Illustrations
95 b/w illustrations, 120 illustrations in colour
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