Lecture7 - Quiz 4 Signature Course UGS 303(Fall 2009...

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1 The History and Philosophy of Astronomy (Lecture 7: Alternative Skies: China/Ancient Maya) Instructor: Volker Bromm The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy Signature Course UGS 303 (Fall 2009) Quiz 4: • Question: According to Christian-medieval philosophy, the Universe was created (by God) at some point in the past. What happened before the creation of the Universe? Answer: (due to, e.g., Augustine ) Time was created together with the Universe. There simply was no before ! Different Traditions of Astronomy “ Western ” Greece/Rome Medieval Islam Renaissance: Copernicus Babylon Scienti±c Revolution: Galileo, Newton, Kepler Inca 2. Ancient Maya Aztecs 1. Chinese Japanese/ Korean Indian/Vedic Chinese Astronomy: Very Brief Introduction Chinese astronomy vital importance to the State!
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2 Chinese Astronomy: Very Brief Introduction Chinese astronomy very sophisticated! Armillary Sphere Important Circles on Celestial Sphere: Sun moves along ecliptic once a year! Two branches of Astronomy
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Lecture7 - Quiz 4 Signature Course UGS 303(Fall 2009...

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