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Ptolemy in perspective : use and criticism of his work from antiquity to the nineteenth century

Author: Alexander Jones
Publisher: Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2010.
Series: Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 23.
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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. This book traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours.
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Jones, Alexander.
Ptolemy in perspective.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, ©2010
(OCoLC)401154038
Named Person: Ptolemy; Ptolemy; Claudius Ptolemaeus; Ptolemy
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Jones
ISBN: 9789048127887 9048127882
OCLC Number: 567359244
Notes: Volume gathers most of the papers presented at the Caltech conference "Ptolemy in Perspective", held at The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, May 31 through June 2, 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 229 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: An Unpublished Astronomical Papyrus Contemporary with Ptolemy; Ancient Rejection and Adoption of Ptolemy's Frame of Reference for Longitudes; Ptolemy's Doctrine of the Terms and Its Reception; The Tradition of Texts and Maps in Ptolemy's Geography; Islamic Reactions to Ptolemy's Imprecisions; The Use and Abuse of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe: Two Case Studies (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Filippo Fantoni); Tycho, Longomontanus, and Kepler on Ptolemy's Solar Observations and Theory, Precession of the Equinoxes, and Obliquity of the Ecliptic.
Series Title: Archimedes (Dordrecht, Netherlands), v. 23.
Responsibility: Alexander Jones.

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This book traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours. It shows the complex processes by which an ancient scientist and his work gained and subsequently lost an overreaching reputation and  Read more...

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