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Ptolemy's universe : the natural philosophical and ethical foundations of Ptolemy's astronomy

Author: Liba Chaia Taub
Publisher: Chicago : Open Court, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Claudius Ptolemy, one of the greatest scientists of all time, probably lived in Alexandria in the second century A.D. His writings dominated astronomy and cosmology in medieval times. The replacement of his Earth-centered cosmology by the Sun-centered cosmology of Copernicus is the most celebrated event in the history of science. Yet, although there has been much scholarly discussion of the mathematical aspects of  Read more...
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Taub, Liba Chaia, 1954-
Ptolemy's universe.
Chicago : Open Court, ©1993
(OCoLC)623894017
Named Person: Ptolemy; Ptolémée, Claude <0100?-0170?>; Ptolemy; Claude Ptolémée; Claudius Ptolemaeus; Claudius Ptolemaeus; Claudius Ptolemaeus; Claudius Ptolemaeus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Liba Chaia Taub
ISBN: 0812692284 9780812692280 0812692292 9780812692297
OCLC Number: 27012168
Description: xvi, 188 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Ptolemy and the Historians --
2. The Philosophical Preface to the Syntaxis --
3. The Hypotheses Underlying the Syntaxis. I. That the heaven moves spherically. II. That the Earth, taken as a whole, is sensibly spherical. III. That the Earth is in the middle of the heavens, with regard to the senses. IV. That the Earth has the ratio of a point relative to the size of the heavens. V. That the Earth makes no motion involving change of place. VI. That there are two different primary motions in the heavens --
4. Ptolemy's Cosmology --
5. The Divinity of the Celestial Bodies and the Ethical Motivation for the Study of the Heavens. I. The Greek Cosmological Tradition and the Search for the Divine. II. The Ethical Motivation to Study Astronomy.
Responsibility: Liba Chaia Taub.

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Much has been written about Ptolemy's mathematical work, yet few attempts have approached his philosophical and cosmological ideas. By placing them within the broader context of Greek philosophy,  Read more...

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