Ptolemy's Almagest

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Springer-Verlag, 1984 - Mathematics - 693 pages
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Ptolemy's "Almagest" is one of the most influential scientific works in history. A masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy. This translation, based on the standard Greek text of Heiberg, makes the work accessible to English readers in an intelligible and reliable form. It contains numerous corrections derived from medieval Arabic translations and extensive footnotes that take account of the great progress in understanding the work made in this century, due to the discovery of Babylonian records and other researches. It is designed to stand by itself as an interpretation of the original, but it will also be useful as an aid to reading the Greek text.

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It was very useful in studies of ancient cultural as well as ancient math.


On simultaneous risings of arcs of the ecliptic and equator at sphaera obliqua
Layout of the tables of risingtimes from parallel to parallel2
On the angles between the ecliptic and the meridian

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