Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Springer Praxis Books)

Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (Springer Praxis Books)

Nick Kanas

Language: English

Pages: 528

ISBN: 1461409160

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Until the publication of the first edition of 'Star Maps,' books were either general histories of astronomy using examples of antiquarian celestial maps as illustrations, or catalogs of celestial atlases that failed to trace the flow of sky map development over time.

The second edition focuses on the development of contemporary views of the heavens and advances in map-making. It captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through images from antiquarian celestial prints and star atlases. This book uniquely combines a number of features: 1) the history of celestial cartography is traced from ancient to modern times; 2) this development is integrated with contemporary cosmological systems; 3) the artistry of sky maps is shown using beautiful color images from actual celestial atlases and prints; 4) each illustration is accompanied by a legend explaining what is being shown; and 5) the text is written for the lay reader based on the author's experience with writing articles for amateur astronomy and map collector magazines.

This updated second edition of 'Star Maps' contains over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color), including completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps. There is also expanded material about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids.

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Circles (meridians and equator) are shown as straight lines, and so the path of the shortest distance between any two points is also a straight line. Although useful for planning routes from one point to another, this projection results in a great deal of distortion of features, and for this reason these maps usually just include a small area of coverage. Cylindrical projections are created as if a tube was rolled round a globe along its equator. The parallels and meridians are straight lines and.

Astronomical records were kept for centuries, and patterns related to such things as eclipses and planetary orbits were noted, much as was the case for the Babylonians. The Chinese believed that there were ®ve elements: wood, ®re, earth, metal, and water. These were related to each other in complicated ways. For example, wood Sec. 2.1] 2.1 China 19 could produce ®re, which could produce earth, which could produce metal, which could produce water, which could produce wood again. However, wood.

Ptolemy (see Section 3.1.12). His writings also included some spherical trigonometry, a procedure for calculating the duration of an eclipse, and a mathematics section that allowed one to calculate an accurate value for pi. Finally, although his cosmology included Mount Meru as the center of the Earth, he also made statements supporting the rotation of the Earth and the revolution of the planets around the Sun. A competing Siddhantic system was put forth by Brahmagupta (born 598 ad) that made.

Belmonte, J.A. (2006) A ®rmament above Thebes: Uncovering the constellations of ancient Egyptians. Journal for the History of Astronomy, 37, 373±392. Needham, J. (1970) Clerks and Craftsmen in China and the West. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. Needham, J. and Ronan, C. (1993) Chinese cosmology. In: N.S. Hetherington (ed.), Cosmology: Historical, Literary, Philosophical, Religious, and Scienti®c Perspectives. New York: Garland Publishing. Neugebauer, O. (1969) The Exact Sciences in.

Saxonici. It was located near Bootes and pictured the crossed swords of the Electors of Saxony to honor German Emperor Leopold I. The other two were introduced in 1688. One was located near Aquila and was 128 European constellation development [Ch. 4 called Pomum Imperiale. It represented Leopold's orb. The other was located near Eridanus and was called Sceptrum Brandenburgicum. It pictured a scepter to honor the Brandenburg province of Prussia, where Kirch lived. See Appendix B for more.

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