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Title A scheme of heaven : the history of astrology and the search for our destiny in data / Alexander Boxer.
Author Boxer, Alexander, author.
Publication New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (x, 319 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates) : illustrations (some color).
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Subject Science and astrology.
Astrology -- Mathematics.
Astrology -- History.
Astrology. (OCoLC)fst00819398
Astrology -- Mathematics. (OCoLC)fst00819406
Science and astrology. (OCoLC)fst01108516
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Boxer, Alexander. Scheme of heaven. First edition. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020] 9780393634846 (DLC) 2019034409 (OCoLC)1102477695
ISBN 9780393634853 (electronic bk.)
039363485X (electronic bk.)

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