The Dream of the West, Pt II, Part 2

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Lulu.com, 2008 - History - 600 pages
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This volume looks at the ancient heritage of Greek philosophy and Mesopotamian astronomy and examines the history of map-making, coastal and celestial navigation and astronomy from 1487-1727.

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Contents

THE LIGHT OF THE OCCIDENT THE GREEK PHILOSOPHERS Introduction
1
The Milesians
6
Pythagoras
21
Heracleitus
32
Parmenides
37
Empedocles
42
Anaxagoras
50
Democritus
53
Logs Depth Finders and the Nautical Mile
254
Great Circle Sailing and the Gnomonic Projection
258
Portolan Charts
266
Geographia of Ptolemy
277
Mercator and the Mercator Projection
298
Surveying and Coastal Navigation
321
SIGNPOSTS IN THE HEAVENS 25 Early Navigation Instruments
333
The Astrolabe and the CrossStaff
340

Plato
61
Classical Geometry
102
Aristotle
121
PART II THE MAJESTY OF OLYMPUS
141
Babylonian Astronomy and Astrology
143
The Celestial Sphere and the Sundial
165
Early Greek Astronomers
181
Hipparchus
193
Ptolemy
207
The Occidental Calendar
216
Medieval Astronomy
224
TO THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH 18 The Mariners Compass
241
Reflecting Instruments and the Chronometer
362
Celestial Navigation
382
THE REVELATION OF GODS GLORY
405
Andreas Vesalius
424
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler
443
William Harvey
467
Christiaan Huygens
492
Robert Hooke
508
Isaac Newton
524
Epilogue
538
Glossary
557
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