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The Resource A scheme of heaven : astrology and the birth of science, Alexander Boxer

A scheme of heaven : astrology and the birth of science, Alexander Boxer

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A scheme of heaven : astrology and the birth of science
Title
A scheme of heaven
Title remainder
astrology and the birth of science
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Boxer
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Language
eng
Summary
Despite a resurgence in popularity, horoscopes are generally considered to be pseudoscience today - but they were once a cutting-edge scientific tool. In this ingenious work of history, data scientist Alexander Boxer examines a treasure trove of esoteric classical sources to expose the deep imaginative framework by which - for millennia - we made sense of our fates. Astrology, he argues, was the ancient world's most ambitious applied mathematics problem, a grand data-analysis enterprise sustained by some of history's most brilliant minds, from Ptolemy to al-Kindi to Kepler. A Scheme of Heaven explores the wonderful subtleties of astrological ideas. Telling the stories of their inventors and most influential exponents, Boxer puts them through their paces using modern data sets - finding that the methods of today's scientists are often uncomfortably close to those of astrology's ancient sages
Summary
An exploration of the surprising history and science of astrology reveals it as civilization's first system of algorithms, explaining how early astrologers used humanity's natural affinity for pattern matching to tap the storytelling potential of numerical data.
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10846988
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Boxer, Alexander
Dewey number
133.509
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Astrology
  • Science and astrology
  • Astrology
  • Discoveries in science
Target audience
adult
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the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data
Label
A scheme of heaven : astrology and the birth of science, Alexander Boxer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
To everything there is a season -- From obscure beginnings : Amarna, Egypt, 1338 BC -- A quick spin around the celestial sphere : Syracuse, Sicily, 212 BC -- Signs from above : Marcus Manilius and the traits of the zodiac : Rome, 44 BC -- Claudius Ptolemy's astrological travel guide : Ultima Thule, 79-- How unique is a horoscope? Vettius Valens and the gospel of fate : Alexandria, Egypt, 139 -- Patterns, patterns, everywhere! Masha'Allah's astrological history of the world : Baghdad, 762 -- When you wish upon a star, which algorithm should you use? Guido Bonatti's astrological wheel of fortune : Mount Ventoux, France, 1336 -- What's in a name? Astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians : Herrevad Abbey, Denmark (now Sweden), 1572 -- Big astrology : Mare Tranquillitatus, The Moon, 1969 -- Conclusion: Upon the words of no one
Control code
000066439083
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781781259634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1127096830
Label
A scheme of heaven : astrology and the birth of science, Alexander Boxer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
To everything there is a season -- From obscure beginnings : Amarna, Egypt, 1338 BC -- A quick spin around the celestial sphere : Syracuse, Sicily, 212 BC -- Signs from above : Marcus Manilius and the traits of the zodiac : Rome, 44 BC -- Claudius Ptolemy's astrological travel guide : Ultima Thule, 79-- How unique is a horoscope? Vettius Valens and the gospel of fate : Alexandria, Egypt, 139 -- Patterns, patterns, everywhere! Masha'Allah's astrological history of the world : Baghdad, 762 -- When you wish upon a star, which algorithm should you use? Guido Bonatti's astrological wheel of fortune : Mount Ventoux, France, 1336 -- What's in a name? Astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians : Herrevad Abbey, Denmark (now Sweden), 1572 -- Big astrology : Mare Tranquillitatus, The Moon, 1969 -- Conclusion: Upon the words of no one
Control code
000066439083
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781781259634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1127096830

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