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Swerdlow, N. M. (Noel M.)

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Works: 57 works in 157 publications in 2 languages and 4,031 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Biography  Biographies 
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Most widely held works by N. M Swerdlow
Ancient astronomy and celestial divination( )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibus by N. M Swerdlow( Book )

21 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When I first laid out the framework for A History of Ancient Mathe matical Astronomy, I intended to carry the discussion down to the last applications of Greek astronomical methodology, i. e. Copernicus, Brahe, and Kepler. But as the work proceeded, it became evident that this plan was much too ambitious, and so I decided to terminate my History with late antiquity, well before Islam. Nevertheless, I did not discard the running commentary that I had prepared when studying De revolutionibus in its relation to the methodology of the Almagest. Only recently, E.S. Kennedy and his collaborators had opened access to the" Maragha School" (mainly Ibn ash-Shalir), revealing close parallels to Copernicus's procedures. Accordingly, it seemed useful to make available a modern analysis of De revolutionibus, and thus in 1975 I prepared for publication "Notes on Copernicus." In the meantime, however, Noel Swerdlow, also starting from Greek astronomy, not only extended his work into a deep analysis of De revolu tionibus, but also systematically investigated its sources and predecessors (Peurbach, Regiomontanus, etc.). I was aware of these studies through his publications as well as from numerous conversations on the subject at The Institute for Advanced Study and at Brown University. It became clear to me that my own investigations lay at too superficial a level, and I therefore withdrew my manuscript and suggested to Swerdlow that he undertake a thoroughgoing revision and amplification of my "Notes." His acceptance of my proposal initiated the present publication
Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 3 volume collection includes 80 of the 130 papers published by Drake, most on Galileo but some on medieval and early modern science in general (principally mechanics). An essential supplement to Drake's translations and other books
The Babylonian theory of the planets by N. M Swerdlow( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern scholars have long struggled to understand the sophisticated workings of Babylonian astronomy and, in particular, how the scribe derived from observation the numerical parameters of their planetary theory in this book, N.M. Swerdlow offers a solution to that problem. He examines here the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and cycles in which the phenomena recur were used to develop a purely arithmetical planetary theory by which the same ominous phenomena that were regularly observed were reduced to computation, thereby surmounting the single greatest obstacle to observation: bad weather
The Babylonian theory of the planets by N. M Swerdlow( )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the second millennium b.c., Babylonian scribes assembled a vast collection of astrological omens, believed to be signs from the gods concerning the kingdom's political, military, and agricultural fortunes. The importance of these omens was such that from the eighth or seventh until the first century, the scribes observed the heavens nightly and recorded the dates and locations of ominous phenomena of the moon and planets in relation to stars and constellations. The observations were arranged in monthly reports along with notable events and prices of agricultural commodities, the object being to find correlations between phenomena in the heavens and conditions on earth. These collections of omens and observations form the first empirical science of antiquity and were the basis of the first mathematical science, astronomy. For it was discovered that planetary phenomena, although irregular and sometimes concealed by bad weather, recur in limited periods within cycles in which they are repeated on nearly the same dates and in nearly the same locations. N.M. Swerdlow's book is a study of the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and cycles in which the phenomena recur were used to reduce them to purely arithmetical computation, thereby surmounting the greatest obstacle to observation, bad weather. The work marks a striking advance in our understanding of both the origin of scientific astronomy and the astrological divination through which the kingdoms of ancient Mesopotamia were governed. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Maria Mitchell by Anna Butzer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Look up at the stars and explore the life of Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the United States
Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibus by Noel M Swerdlow( )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and German and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 3 volume collection includes 80 of the 130 papers published by Drake, most on Galileo but some on medieval and early modern science in general (principally mechanics). An essential supplement to Drake's translations and other books
Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibus by Noel M Swerdlow( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and German and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept by Giora Hon( )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The concept of symmetry is inherent to modern science, and its evolution has a complex history that richly exemplifies the dynamics of scientific change. This study is based on primary sources, presented in context: the authors examine closely the trajectory of the concept in the mathematical and scientific disciplines as well as its trajectory in art and architecture. The principal goal is to demonstrate that, despite the variety of usages in many different domains, there is a conceptual unity underlying the invocation of symmetry in the period from antiquity to the 1790s which is distinct from the scientific usages of this term that first emerged in France at the end of the 18th century. The key figure in revolutionizing the concept of symmetry is the mathematician, Adrien-Marie Legendre. His achievements in solid geometry (1794) are contrasted with the views of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, on the directionality of space (1768)."--Jacket
Ptolemy's theory of the distances and sizes of the planets : a study of the scientific foundations of medieval cosmology by Noel Mark Swerdlow( )

11 editions published between 1968 and 1990 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's "De revolutionibus" by Noel M Swerdlow( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The derivation and first draft of Copernicus's planetary theory : a translation of the commentariolus with commentary by N. M Swerdlow( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recovery of the exact sciences of antiquity : mathematica, astronomy, geography by N. M Swerdlow( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of science by Stillman Drake( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Ancient astronomy and celestial divination
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Mathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibusEssays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of scienceThe Babylonian theory of the planetsThe Babylonian theory of the planetsMathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibusEssays on Galileo and the history and philosophy of scienceMathematical astronomy in Copernicus's De revolutionibusFrom summetria to symmetry : the making of a revolutionary scientific concept
Alternative Names
Noel Swerdlow American historian

Noel Swerdlow Amerikaans astronoom

Noel Swerdlow amerikansk historikar og astronom

Noel Swerdlow amerikansk historiker och astronom

Noel Swerdlow amerikansk historiker og astronom

Noel Swerdlow historiador estadounidense

Noel Swerdlow historiador estatunidenc

Noel Swerdlow storico statunitense

Noel Swerdlow US-amerikanischer Astronomiehistoriker

Swerdlow, N. M.

Swerdlow, Noel.

Swerdlow, Noel 1941-

Swerdlow, Noel M.

Swerdlow, Noel M. 1941-

Languages
English (114)

German (2)