Planets, Potions, and Parchments: Scientifica Hebraica from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Eighteenth Century

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1990 - Science - 139 pages
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More than 200 rare scientific manuscripts, books, maps, amulets, and magical texts have been brought together from renowned collections in Europe, Canada, Israel, Great Britain, and the United States specifically for this exhibition. The most famous among these is a fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls containing chapters 81 to 85 from the Book of Psalms: fragments from the scrolls have been in Canada on only two other occasions. The exhibition will have an Assyrian cuneiform tablet from the seventh century BCE that describes treatments for eye ailments, a first edition Copernicus, and several texts by Maimonides, including one with marginal notes by Martin Luther. Also featured, in a rare Latin translation, is an Arabic medical book written by a Jew, demonstrating the international and inter-faith nature of the medieval scientific endeavour.
 

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Contents

God and Nature in Ancient Times
9
Astronomy
19
Mathematics and Geometry
39
General Science
51
Medicine
65
Science and Religious Ritual
95
Geography and Cartography
109
Postscript
133
Glossary
135
Bibliography
136
Index
138
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