Sawai Jai Singh and His Astronomy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1995 - Astronomical observatories - 347 pages
Sawai Jai Singh the statesman astronomer of 18th century India designed astronomical instruments of masonry and stone, built observatories prepared a Zij or a text for astronomical calculations and sent a fact-finding scientific mission to Europe. His high precision instruments were designed to measure time and angles to the very limit of naked eye observing.
 

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Contents

Sawai Jai Singh and His Times
1
Decision to Build Observatories
19
Masonry Instruments I
24
Delhi Observatory
97
Jaipur Observatory I
121
Jaipur Observatory II
156
Varanasi Observatory
191
Ujjain Observatory 212 IX Ujjain Observatory x The Observatory of Mathura
229
The Books and the Library of Sawai Jai Singh
234
Sawai Jai Singhs Hindu Astronomers
257
The Muslims and the Europeans
282
Conclusion
304
Appendices
318
Bibliography
335
Index
337
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Page 2 - Singh, from the first dawning of reason in his mind, and during its progress towards maturity, was entirely devoted to the study of mathematical science, and the bent of his mind was constantly directed to the solution of its most difficult problems, by the aid of the Supreme Artificer, he obtained a thorough knowledge of its principles and rules.

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