Sanskrit Astronomical Tables

  • Clemency Montelle
  • Kim Plofker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 1-36
  3. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 37-69
  4. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 71-94
  5. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 95-187
  6. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 189-241
  7. Clemency Montelle, Kim Plofker
    Pages 243-257
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 259-308

About this book


This groundbreaking volume provides an up-to-date, accessible guide to Sanskrit astronomical tables and their analysis. It begins with an overview of Indian mathematical astronomy and its literature, including table texts, in the context of history of pre-modern astronomy. It then discusses the primary mathematical astronomy content of table texts and the attempted taxonomy of this genre before diving into the broad outlines of their representation in the Sanskrit scientific manuscript corpus. Finally, the authors survey the major categories of individual tables compiled in these texts, complete with brief analyses of some of the methods for constructing and using them, and then chronicle the evolution of the table-text genre and the impacts of its changing role on the discipline of Sanskrit jyotiṣa. There are also three appendices: one inventories all the identified individual works in the genre currently known to the authors; one provides reference information about the details of all the notational, calendric, astronomical, and other classification systems invoked in the study; and one serves as a glossary of the relevant Sanskrit terms.


pre-modern astronomy Islamic tables Synodic phenomena ecliptic declination lunar parallax

Authors and affiliations

  • Clemency Montelle
    • 1
  • Kim Plofker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics & StatisticsUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

Bibliographic information