Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

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Alexander Jones
Springer Science & Business Media, 10 dec. 2009 - 229 pagina's
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Ptolemy was the most important physical scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a half his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography were models for imitation, resources for new work, and targets of criticism. Ptolemy in Perspective traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours. The nine studies show the complex processes by which an ancient scientist and his work gained and subsequently lost an overreaching reputation and authority.

 

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An Unpublished Astronomical Papyrus Contemporary with Ptolemy
1
Ancient Rejection and Adoption of Ptolemys Frame of Reference for Longitudes
11
Ptolemys Doctrine of the Terms and Its Reception
45
The Tradition of Texts and Maps in Ptolemys Geography
95
Islamic Reactions to Ptolemys Imprecisions
121
Two Case Studies Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Filippo Fantoni
135
Tycho Longomontanus and Kepler on Ptolemys Solar Observations and Theory Precession of the Equinoxes and Obliquity of the Ecliptic
151
Dunthorne Mayer and Lalande on the Secular Acceleration of the Moon
203
Bibliography
216
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