A Mathematician's Journeys

Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science

  • Alexander Jones
  • Christine Proust
  • John M. Steele

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 45)

About this book


This book explores facets of Otto Neugebauer's career, his impact on the history and practice of mathematics, and the ways in which his legacy has been preserved or transformed in recent decades, looking ahead to the directions in which the study of the history of science will head in the twenty-first century. Neugebauer, more than any other scholar of recent times, shaped the way we perceive premodern science. Through his scholarship and influence on students and collaborators, he inculcated both an approach to historical research on ancient and medieval mathematics and astronomy through precise mathematical and philological study of texts, and a vision of these sciences as systems of knowledge and method that spread outward from the ancient Near Eastern civilizations, crossing cultural boundaries and circulating over a tremendous geographical expanse of the Old World from the Atlantic to India.


Astronomy Göttingen History Mathematics Neugebauer

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Jones
    • 1
  • Christine Proust
    • 2
  • John M. Steele
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst for Study of the Ancient WorldNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.CNRS & Université Paris DiderotLaboratoire SPHEREParis CX 05France
  3. 3.Brown UniversityDepartment of Egyptology and AssyriologyProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25863-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25865-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0064
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