Applied Historical and Computational Astronomy – A Comprehensive Anthology on Fascinating Topics

The anthology “Applied and Computational Historical Astronomy”

With “Applied and Computational Historical Astronomy”, Gudrun Wolfschmidt presents an anthology for people interested in how astronomy collects and uses data.

“Computational history” derives history from data and draws on digital humanities technologies. “The Computational History of Science” addresses questions of history by evaluating historical data, for example, to trace traditions of copying and conclude on the transfer and transformation of data and knowledge. The term “applied historical astronomy”, on the other hand, attempts to answer the questions of contemporary science by evaluating historical data against the most recent data. According to the author of this new book, this opens up new possibilities, for example in the search for stellar transients among historical data. In the chapter by Hoffmann and Vogt, the book focuses on stellar transients among all the topics mentioned above. Philipp Protte discusses the accuracy of magnitudes and positions in ancient star catalogs, while Andreas Schrimpf and Frank Verbunt present an analysis of a modern star catalog.

The “Applied and Computational Historical Astronomy” anthology, edited and published by Gudrun Wolfschmidt, also includes an analysis of the visibility of celestial objects for naked-eye observers by Victor Reijs. Björn Kunzmann presents some important variable stars in the history of astronomy. René Hudec presents astronomical photographic archives as a valuable source of data for modern astrophysics. José M. Vaquero discusses studies of solar observations made over the past four centuries. More technical are the contributions of Georg Zotti on Stellarium and Karsten Markus-Schnabel on data-mining and data-processing technologies. Ido Yavetz & Luca Beisel develop a computational history of science numerical tool for the simulation of pre-modern astronomical models. Gerd Graßhoff focuses more on the application of computational history with respect to Kepler’s Astronomia Nova while Tim Karberg presents an analysis of the astronomical orientation of buildings in North Sudan.

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