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The History and Philosophy of Astronomy Lecture 2: Beginnings: Prehistory, Egypt, Babylon

The History and Philosophy of Astronomy Lecture 2: Beginnings: Prehistory, Egypt, Babylon

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Volker Bromm. The Beginning of Astronomy. The Naked-Eye Sky: Basic Facts. Daily motion of the stars. Concept of Celestial Sphere. Tropic vs Temperate Sky. Earth-Sun motion on Celestial Sphere. Sun's apparent motion and Seasons. Prehistory: Alignments Astronomy. Dawn of Civilization. Ancient Egypt. Calendar. Mesopotamia. Advanced Arithmetic. Systematic Astronomy.
Volker Bromm. The Beginning of Astronomy. The Naked-Eye Sky: Basic Facts. Daily motion of the stars. Concept of Celestial Sphere. Tropic vs Temperate Sky. Earth-Sun motion on Celestial Sphere. Sun's apparent motion and Seasons. Prehistory: Alignments Astronomy. Dawn of Civilization. Ancient Egypt. Calendar. Mesopotamia. Advanced Arithmetic. Systematic Astronomy.

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The History and Philosophyof Astronomy
(Lecture 2: Beginnings:Prehistory, Egypt, Babylon)
Instructor: Volker BrommTA: Jarrett JohnsonThe University of Texas at Austin
Astronomy 350L
(Fall 2006)
 
The Beginning of Astronomy
Possible Motivations:
-Religion, creation myths, state ideology-Timing of important events: rituals, agriculture
calendars-Navigation-
Early Astronomy:
-Prehistory (e.g., Stone-Age Britain): no written record
we can only speculate-Ancient Egypt:calendar (to predict Nile flood)-Mesopotamia/Babylon: search for patterns
diligent gatherers of data
 
The Naked-Eye Sky: Basic Facts
Earth’s daily rotation
celestial sphere movesEast to West

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