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dc.titleHeavenly mathematics & cultural astronomy: A course at the National University of Singapore
dc.contributor.authorAslaksen, H.
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-28T02:50:59Z
dc.date.available2014-10-28T02:50:59Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationAslaksen, 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
dc.identifier.isbn9780735408371
dc.identifier.issn0094243X
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/104569
dc.description.abstractI 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.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectanalemma
dc.subjectAstronomy
dc.subjectcalendars
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.contributor.departmentMATHEMATICS
dc.description.doi10.1063/1.3506046
dc.description.sourcetitleAIP Conference Proceedings
dc.description.volume1283
dc.description.page124-127
dc.identifier.isiut000287171000012
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