Astronomies and Cultures in Early Medieval Europe (Broché)

Stephen-C McCluskey

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"In this significant study, McCluskey describes the interaction of four prevalent early medieval astronomies - divisions of the year, the dating of Easter, monastic timekeeping, and traditional geometrical astronomy. With impressive erudition, he shows how early medieval scholars preserved astronomical learning that might otherwise have disappeared and thereby prepared the way for progress that would follow." Edward Grant, Indiana University "The account of a millennium of astronomy by the historian Stephen C. McCluskey covers a wide sweep, from Jerome and Augustine to the recovery of Ptolemaic astronomy in the thirteenth century." Times Literary Supplement "McCluskey's book is an essential guide." American Scientist Historians have long recognized that the rebirth of science in twelfth-century Europe flowed from a search for ancient scientific texts. This search, however, presupposes knowledge and interest; we only seek what we know to be valuable. The emergence of scholarly interest after centuries of apparent stagnation seems paradoxical. This book resolves that seeming contradiction by describing four active traditions of early medieval astronomy: one divided the year by observing the Sun; another computed the date of Easter Full Moon; the third determined the time for monastic prayers by watching the course of the stars; and the classical tradition of geometrical astronomy provided a framework for the cosmos.
  • THE ENVIRONMENT FOR MEDIEVAL ASTRONOMIES
    • Astronomies in cultures
    • Astronomy and Christian thought
  • THE CULTIVATION OF EARLY MEDIEVAL ASTRONOMIES
    • Continuity and change in solar ritual
    • Computing the central time - the date of Easter
    • Observing the celestial order - monastic timekeeping
    • Astronomy in the liberal arts
  • THE HARVEST OF MEDIEVAL ASTRONOMIES
    • The fusion of astronomical traditions
    • The encounter of Arabic and Latin astronomies
    • The rebirth of Ptolemaic astronomy.
  • Date de parution : 03/02/2001
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-77852-2
  • EAN : 9780521778527
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 235 pages
  • Poids : 0.355 Kg
  • Dimensions : 15,4 cm × 22,8 cm × 1,6 cm

Biographie de Stephen-C McCluskey

Stephen C. McCluskey is Professor of History at West Virginia University. He has published articles on the role of astronomies in culture in ISIS, The Journal for the History of Astronomy, Etudes Celtiques, The Annals of the New York Academy of Science, and Archaeoastronomy: chapters in a number of volumes dealing with medieval science and archaeoastronomy: and a major entry in the Encyclopedia of Cosmology.

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