- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co; 1858 ed. edition (1 December 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0766107124
- ISBN-13: 978-0766107120
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Surya-Siddhanta: A Text Book of Hindu Astronomy (1858) Paperback – Import, 1 Dec 1998
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This old textbook is not for the mathematically faint of heart. Even the translators extensive notes are difficult in places to wade through. If you have some ability in algebra, trigonometry and geometry and you are persistent you can, however, follow the calculations with the help of the translators notes. Many of the calculations are in base 60 arithmetic (much like our modern hour and minutes of time notations). In places the text and notes are a little difficult to follow. However, there are worked-out-examples of the calculations to help your understanding. I worked through all the calculations for the predictions of a solar eclipse, and, in all but a few places, exactly reproduced the examples given by the translator of the text. The results were quite accurate predictions of the times for solar eclipses. The predictions were most accurate for tenth century eclipses as that is the approximate date of the data provided in the text.
This is a fascinating book if you are interested in ancient astronomical calculations. The Hindu prescriptions appear to be a somewhat modified versions of the calculations prescribed by the second century Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his book the Almagest.