Sanskrit Astronomical Tables (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences)

October 30, 2020
Sanskrit Astronomical Tables (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences)

RetailThis groundbreaking volume provides an up-to-date, accessibleguide to Sanskrit astronomical tables and their analysis. It beginswith an overview of Indian mathematical astronomy and itsliterature, including table texts, in the context of history ofpre-modern astronomy. It then discusses the primary mathematicalastronomy content of table texts and the attempted taxonomy of thisgenre before diving into the broad outlines of their representationin the Sanskrit scientific manuscript corpus. Finally, the authorssurvey the major categories of individual tables compiled in thesetexts, complete with brief analyses of some of the methods forconstructing and using them, and then chronicle the evolution ofthe table-text genre and the impacts of its changing role on thediscipline of Sanskrit jyotiṣa. There are also three appendices:one inventories all the identified individual works in the genrecurrently known to the authors; one provides reference informationabout the details of all the notational, calendric, astronomical,and other classification systems invoked in the study; and oneserves as a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms.