Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3506046
Title: Heavenly mathematics & cultural astronomy: A course at the National University of Singapore
Authors: Aslaksen, H. 
Keywords: analemma
Astronomy
calendars
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Aslaksen, H. (2010). Heavenly mathematics & cultural astronomy: A course at the National University of Singapore. AIP Conference Proceedings 1283 : 124-127. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3506046
Abstract: I have introduced a general education course called Heavenly Mathematics and Cultural Astronomy [2] at the National University of Singapore. The goal of this course is to study astronomy in a cultural context with a tropical emphasis. Most astronomy books are written from a high northern latitude point of view, but Singapore is almost on the equator, so I aim to be "hemispherically-correct". Singapore is also a multi-racial society, where public holidays are determined using the Gregorian, Chinese, Islamic and Indian calendars. The course starts with an introduction to observational astronomy with an emphasis on the appearance of the Sun and the Moon from different parts of the world. I then give a fairly detailed description of the Gregorian, Chinese, Islamic and Indian calendars [1, 4, 5], and finish with a thorough discussion of the analemma, equation of time and navigation [3]. Being a mathematician, my approach is quite mathematical, but my emphasis is on geometrical reasoning. Formulas and computations may scare some students away, but they are surprisingly willing to struggle with complicated spatial visualization. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
Source Title: AIP Conference Proceedings
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/104569
ISBN: 9780735408371
ISSN: 0094243X
DOI: 10.1063/1.3506046
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Page view(s)

166
checked on Nov 18, 2021

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.