Science Awakening II: The Birth of Astronomy by Bartel Van Der Waerden

By Bartel Van Der Waerden

Whoever desires to comprehend the genesis of recent technological know-how has to keep on with 3 strains of improvement, all beginning in antiquity, which have been introduced jointly within the paintings of ISAAC NEWTON, particularly 1. old arithmetic => DESCARTES 2. old Astronomy => COPERNICUS: I=> NEWTON three. old Mechanics => GALILEO => HUYGENS In technology Awakening I (Dutch variation 1950, first Eng1ish variation 1954, moment 1961, first German version 1956, moment 1965) i've got the 1st 1ine, giving an overview of the advance of arithmetic in Egypt, Babylonia, and Greece. quantity II, facing Egyptian and Baby1onian Astronomy first seemed in German below the identify 'Die Anfange der Astronomie' (Noordhoff, Groningen 1965 and Birkhau ser, Basel 1968). the amount used to be written in collaboration with PETER HUBER (Swiss Federal institution of expertise, Zurich). HUBER has written substantial elements of Chap ters three and four, specifically all transcriptions of cuneiform texts in those chapters. I additionally had a lot aid from ERNST WEIDNER (Graz), MARTIN VERMASEREN (Amsterdam), JOSEF JANSEN (Leiden) and MANU LEUMANN (Zurich).

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Whoever desires to comprehend the genesis of contemporary technology has to keep on with 3 traces of improvement, all beginning in antiquity, that have been introduced jointly within the paintings of ISAAC NEWTON, particularly 1. old arithmetic => DESCARTES 2. old Astronomy => COPERNICUS: I=> NEWTON three. historical Mechanics => GALILEO => HUYGENS In technology Awakening I (Dutch version 1950, first Eng1ish version 1954, moment 1961, first German variation 1956, moment 1965) i've got the 1st 1ine, giving an summary of the advance of arithmetic in Egypt, Babylonia, and Greece.

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As we have seen, the morning rising of Sirius was an important event in the Egyptian year. Therefore we may suppose that our diagonal calendars were arranged in such a way that the date ofthe Sirius rising would come out correctly or nearly so for the author's own time. According to the calculation of THEON, Sirius rose in the year -2781 on the Ist Thoth, and it rose one day later every 4 years. e. in -2101, the morning rising of Sirius should therefore occur on the 21st Mechir. The modern calculated date may differ by a few days from the date calculated according to THEON.

Reetangular zodiac' in Dendera (Roman period). Above the zodiacal signs and other stellar Gods, below the decans on boats. ASTRONOMY IN ANCIENT EGYPT 31 Plate 8. 'Round Zociac' on the ceiling of the Temple of Dendera (Roman period). Within the inner circle constellations. Below the center to the right Leo, the Lion. Just above the Lion one sees Cancer, the Crab. The other zodia arenot so clear on the photgraph; on the drawing (Plate 13, opposite page 122) they are easier to recognize. Starrding on the circumference the Decans are pictured as walking rnen, snakes and other animals.

He says that the mysteries are 'in truth Egyptian and Pythagorean'. Let us examine more closely the significance of this remark. 'Orphic' mysteries are probably those in which 'Books of ÜRPHEus' were recited or were the basis of the rites. A whole bundle of such 'Books of ÜRPHEUS' was available in the time of PLATON (Republic, 364e); but in the general opinion of philologists both ancient and modern, they do not originate from ÜRPHEUS himself. Amongst the authors of Orphic books Pythagoreans too were named 1).

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