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The Resource A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data, Alexander Boxer

A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data, Alexander Boxer

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A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data
Title
A scheme of heaven
Title remainder
the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Boxer
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Language
eng
Summary
"An illuminating look at the surprising history and science of astrology, civilization's first system of algorithms, from Babylon to the present day. Humans are pattern-matching creatures, and astrology is our grandest pattern-matching game. In this refreshing work of history and analysis, data scientist Alexander Boxer examines classical texts on astrology to expose its underlying scientific and mathematical framework. Astrology, he argues, was the ancient world's most ambitious applied mathematics problem, a grand data-analysis enterprise sustained by some of history's most brilliant minds from Ptolemy to al- Kindi to Kepler. A "scheme of heaven," or horoscope, is recognized as pseudoscience today, but was once considered a cutting-edge scientific tool. Not only does Boxer trace different applications of horoscopes back to their origins, he also puts them to the test using modern data sets and statistical science, arguing that today's data scientists do work similar to astrologers of yore. At once critical, rigorous, and far-ranging, A Scheme of Heaven recontextualizes astrology as a vast, technological project-spanning continents and centuries-that foreshadowed our data-driven world today"--
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Boxer, Alexander
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Science and astrology
  • Astrology
  • Astrology
  • Sciences et astrologie
  • Astrologie
  • Astrology
  • Astrology
  • Science and astrology
Label
A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data, Alexander Boxer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
To everything there is a season -- From obscure beginnings -- A quick spin around the celestial sphere -- Signs from above : Marcus Manilius and the traits of the zodiac -- Claudius Ptolemy's astrological travel guide -- How unique is a horoscope? Vettius Valens and the gospel of fate -- Patterns, patterns, everywhere! Masha'Allah's astrological history of the world -- When you wish upon a star, which algorithm should you use? Guido Bonatti's astrological wheel of fortune -- What's in a name? Astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians -- Big astrology -- Conclusion: Upon the words of no one
Control code
1102477695
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393634846
Lccn
2019034409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1102477695
Label
A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data, Alexander Boxer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
To everything there is a season -- From obscure beginnings -- A quick spin around the celestial sphere -- Signs from above : Marcus Manilius and the traits of the zodiac -- Claudius Ptolemy's astrological travel guide -- How unique is a horoscope? Vettius Valens and the gospel of fate -- Patterns, patterns, everywhere! Masha'Allah's astrological history of the world -- When you wish upon a star, which algorithm should you use? Guido Bonatti's astrological wheel of fortune -- What's in a name? Astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians -- Big astrology -- Conclusion: Upon the words of no one
Control code
1102477695
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393634846
Lccn
2019034409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 650
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1102477695

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