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Aristarchus of Samos, the ancient Copernicus; a history of Greek astronomy to Aristarchus, together with Aristarchus's Treatise on the sizes and distances of the sun and moon,

Author: Thomas Little Heath, Sir; Aristarchus, of Samos.
Publisher: Oxford, Clarendon Press [1966]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos was active in the third century BCE, more than a thousand years before Copernicus presented his model of a heliocentric solar system. It was Aristarchus, however, who first suggested - in a work that is now lost - that the planets revolve around the sun. Edited by Sir Thomas Little Heath (1861-1940), this 1913 publication contains the ancient astronomer's only surviving  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Little Heath, Sir; Aristarchus, of Samos.
OCLC Number: 1139570
Notes: "First published 1913."
Description: vi, 425 pages diagrams, facsimiles 24 cm
Contents: Part I --
I. Sources of the History --
II. Homer and Hesiod --
III. Thales --
IV. Anaximander --
V. Anaximenes --
VI. Pythagoras --
VII. Xenophaanes --
VIII. Heraclitus --
IX Parmenides --
X. Anaxagoras --
XI. Empedocles --
XII. The Pythagoreans --
XIII. The Atomists, Leucippus and Democritus --
XIV. Oenopides --
XV. Plato --
XVI The Theory of Concentric Spheres --
Eudoxus, Callippus, and Aristotle --
XVII. Aristotle (continued) --
XVIII. Heraclides of Pontus --
XIX. Greek Months, Years, and Cycles --
Part II --
I. Aristarchus of Samos --
II. The Treatise on Sizes and Distances --
History of the Text and Editions --
III. Content of the Treatise --
IV. Later Improvements on Aristarchus's Calculations --
Greek Text, Translation, and Notes.
Responsibility: a new Greek text with translation and notes by Thomas Heath.

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The Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos was active in the third century BCE, more than a thousand years before Copernicus presented his model of a heliocentric solar system. It was Aristarchus, however, who first suggested - in a work that is now lost - that the planets revolve around the sun. Edited by Sir Thomas Little Heath (1861-1940), this 1913 publication contains the ancient astronomer's only surviving treatise, which does not propound the heliocentric hypothesis. The Greek text is based principally on the tenth-century manuscript Vaticanus Graecus 204. Heath also provides a facing-page English translation and explanatory notes. The treatise is prefaced by a substantial history of ancient Greek astronomy, ranging from Homer's first mention of constellations to work by Heraclides of Pontus in the fourth century BCE relating to the Earth's rotation. Heath's collection of translated ancient texts, Greek Astronomy (1932), is also reissued in this series.

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