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Mathematics | Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Memoir on Astronomy (al-Tadhkira fī cilm al-hay’a) - Volume I: Introduction,

Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Memoir on Astronomy (al-Tadhkira fī cilm al-hay’a)

Volume I: Introduction, Edition, and Translation

Ragep, F. Jamil

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993, XV, 371 p.

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I was introduced to Tiisi: and his Tadhkira some 19 years ago. That first meeting was neither happy nor auspicious. My graduate student notes from the time indicate a certain level of confusion and frustration; I seem to have had trouble with such words as tadwlr (epicycle), which was not to be found in my standard dictionary, and with the concept of solid-sphere astronomy, which, when found, was pooh-poohed in the standard sources. I had another, even more decisive reaction: boredom. Only the end of the term brought relief, and I was grateful to be on to other, more exciting aspects of the history of science. A few years later, I found myself, thanks to fellowships from Fulbright-Hays and the American Research Center in Egypt, happily immersed in the manu­ script collections of Damascus, Aleppo, and Cairo. Though I had intended to work on a topic in the history of mathematics, I was drawn, perhaps inevitably, to a certain type of astronomical writing falling under the rubric of hay' a. At first this fascination was based on sheer numbers; that so many medieval scientists could have written on such a subject must mean something, I told myself. (I was in a sociological mode at the time.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » astronomy - cosmology - logic - mathematics - proof

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Mathematics

Table of contents 

I General Introduction.- §1. Na??r al-D?n al-?01B6;s?.- §2. The Tadhkira.- II Edition and Translation.- III Commentary Figures.- IV Commentary.- V Critical Apparatus.- VI Appendices and Indices.

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