From Eudoxus to Einstein
A History of Mathematical Astronomy
By (author) C. M. Linton
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From Eudoxus to Einstein by C. M. Linton
Book DescriptionSince man first looked towards the heavens, a great deal of effort has been put into trying to predict and explain the motions of the sun, moon and planets. Developments in man's understanding have been closely linked to progress in the mathematical sciences. Whole new areas of mathematics, such as trigonometry, were developed to aid astronomical calculations, and on numerous occasions throughout history, breakthroughs in astronomy have only been possible because of progress in mathematics. This book describes the theories of planetary motion that have been developed through the ages, beginning with the homocentric spheres of Eudoxus and ending with Einstein's general theory of relativity. It emphasizes the interaction between progress in astronomy and in mathematics, showing how the two have been inextricably linked since Babylonian times. This valuable text is accessible to a wide audience, from amateur astronomers to professional historians of astronomy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521045711
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author C. M. Linton
From Eudoxus to Einstein, Hardback (August 2004)
Describes development of theories of planetary motion, emphasizing interaction between progress in mathematics and astronomy.
Handbook of Mathematical Techniques for Wave/Structure Interactions, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by C. M. Linton
Bridges the gap between the heavy computational methods preferred by some engineers and the more mathematical approach favored by others. This work provides detailed explanations of the important steps within the mathematical development, and where possible, physical interpretations of mathematical results.
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Author Biography - C. M. Linton
Christopher Linton is Head of the Mathematical Sciences Department at Loughborough University.
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