Tradition of Astronomy in India

By B.V. Subbarayappa
December 2008
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9788187586326
544 pages
$139.50 Hardcover

Series: History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization
Vol.IV Part 4

This book endeavours to present the perceptible facets of the tradition of astronomy in India:- the torch bearers of this tradition and their texts; main charateristics of Indian astronomy; scientific approach to the phenomenon of eclipse; pancanga and its social dimensions including the vrata-s, festivals and other observances; origin of astrological ideas, their seeming links with astronomy and certain contradictions; extensive computations concerning planetary revolutions in a huge cyclic period mean as well as true positions of planets and associated mathematical aspects.

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