A Survey of the Almagest: With Annotation and New Commentary by Alexander Jones

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 12, 2010 - Mathematics - 470 pages
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The Almagest, by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy, is the most important surviving treatise on early mathematical astronomy, offering historians valuable insight into the astronomy and mathematics of the ancient world.

Pedersen's 1974 publication, A Survey of the Almagest, is the most recent in a long tradition of companions to the Almagest. Part paraphrase and part commentary, Pedersen's work has earned the universal praise of historians and serves as the definitive introductory text for students interested in studying the Almagest.

In this revised edition, Alexander Jones, a distinguished authority on the history of early astronomy, provides supplementary information and commentary to the original text to account for scholarship that has appeared since 1974. This revision also incorporates various corrections to Pedersen's original text that have been identified since its publication.

This volume is intended to provide students of the history of astronomy with a self-contained introduction to the Almagest, helping them to understand and appreciate Ptolemy's great and classical work.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
CHAPTER 1 The Almagest through the Ages
11
CHAPTER 2 Physics and Philosophy in the Almagest
26
CHAPTER 3 Ptolemy as a Mathematician
47
CHAPTER 4 Spherical Astronomy in the Almagest
94
CHAPTER 5 The Motion of the Sun
122
CHAPTER 6 The Theories of the Moon
159
CHAPTER 7 Parallaxes and Eclipses
203
CHAPTER 11 Retrograde Motions
329
CHAPTER 12 Latitudes and Visibility Periods
355
CHAPTER 13 Epilogue the Other Ptolemy
391
APPENDIX A Dated Observations in the Almagest
408
APPENDIX B Numerical Parameters
423
Bibliography
430
Index of Names
444
Index of Subjects
448

CHAPTER 8 The Fixed Stars
236
CHAPTER 9 The Superior Planets
261
CHAPTER 10 The Inferior Planets
295
Supplementary Notes
455
Supplementary Bibliography
477
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Pedersen-Aarhus University, Denmark

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