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Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Sanskrit Astronomical Tables

Authors: Montelle, Clemency, Plofker, Kim

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  • Provides an up-to-date, more accessible guide to Sanskrit astronomical tables 
  • Contains an inventory of all of the identified individual works in this genre
  • Includes a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms
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This groundbreaking volume provides an up-to-date, accessible guide to Sanskrit astronomical tables and their analysis. It begins with an overview of Indian mathematical astronomy and its literature, including table texts, in the context of history of pre-modern astronomy. It then discusses the primary mathematical astronomy content of table texts and the attempted taxonomy of this genre before diving into the broad outlines of their representation in the Sanskrit scientific manuscript corpus. Finally, the authors survey the major categories of individual tables compiled in these texts, complete with brief analyses of some of the methods for constructing and using them, and then chronicle the evolution of the table-text genre and the impacts of its changing role on the discipline of Sanskrit jyotiṣa. There are also three appendices: one inventories all the identified individual works in the genre currently known to the authors; one provides reference information about the details of all the notational, calendric, astronomical, and other classification systems invoked in the study; and one serves as a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms.

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“The book is rich in various technical details from mathematical astronomy that serious students and researchers would benefit from. There is nevertheless a good deal of material that would be accessible to a wider class of readers. … The book under review will no doubt inspire further studies on the topic, serving in particular as a source of technical support for them, and thereby expand the horizons of the topic.” (S. G. Dani, Mathematical Reviews, April, 2020)
“The authors and the publisher are to be congratulated for bringing to the market and our reference shelves a thorough, well-organized, deeply-researched, and beautifully presented book. … I am by no means qualified to comment on the particulars of the authors’ analyses of the manuscripts they examined. I can say that I enjoyed reading the book and that it broadened my thinking about what mathematics is and what mathematicians do.” (Scott Guthery, MAA Reviews, August 24, 2019)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97037-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sanskrit Astronomical Tables
Authors
Series Title
Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97037-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97037-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97036-3
Series ISSN
2196-8810
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 308
Number of Illustrations
85 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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