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If you want to do any astronomy of you computer, then this is the book to get. The algorithms are not presented in any particular computer language, as it is presumed that you know how to write your own programs. Everything is in here, from the position of the Moon, to the angle of Saturn's disc. This book is clear, and very easy to follow. There are even algorithms for...
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This book is very outdated and in many cases just wrong. Most of the equations have no explanation. They are simplifications of modern theories designed to overcome the limitations of older computers. A modern laptop can easily perform the computations of the full theories fast enough to run simulations. Some of the equations presented simply can never have worked. Others...
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If you want to do any astronomy of you computer, then this is the book to get. The algorithms are not presented in any particular computer language, as it is presumed that you know how to write your own programs. Everything is in here, from the position of the Moon, to the angle of Saturn's disc. This book is clear, and very easy to follow. There are even algorithms for calculating religious holidays, and a section on sundials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for people having enough mathematical knowledge and programming skills, 20 Nov 2013
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The only real limitation of this book consists in the fact that, for many astronomical problems, formulae in the form of polynomial expansions are given, which are only valid for a limited time range around the year 2000. But normally people do not
need to compute phenoma occurred thousands of years before Christ :), or which will occur in 20-30 centuries from now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Aug 2014
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First class way of getting into modelling the heavens in software.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete, 28 Aug 2013
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This book is very outdated and in many cases just wrong. Most of the equations have no explanation. They are simplifications of modern theories designed to overcome the limitations of older computers. A modern laptop can easily perform the computations of the full theories fast enough to run simulations. Some of the equations presented simply can never have worked. Others produce the wrong results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book if you want to program astronomical (or even astrological) algorithms, 2 July 2011
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very useful book filled with detailed explanations of astronomical algorithms.

handy if you're a programmer. teach your computer how to calculate astronomical (or astrological) ephemera - day by day sky position of planets

includes comprehensive algorithms for calendar dates - just how is Easter Sunday's date calculated - clearly defined and programmer ready
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