Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Astronomy of Levi ben Gerson (1288–1344)

A Critical Edition of Chapters 1–20 with Translation and Commentary

Authors: Goldstein, Bernard R.

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It would seem that S. Munk was the first modern scholar to draw attention to the significance of Levi ben Gerson's Astronomy, surely the most original work on astronomy written in Hebrew in the Middle Ages. Munk (1859, p. 500) called for a specialist to undertake a serious study of this work, but there was little response to his plea in the succeeding century. Indeed, this is the first edition of the Hebrew text of any part of Levi's Astronomy but for the table of contents (Renan, 1893, pp. 624-32), and the poems celebrating the invention of the Jacob Staff that appear in chapter 9 (Carlebach, 191Oa, pp. 152-53). The text of Levi's Astronomy is written in a ponderous Hebrew style but the content sparkles with originality. The Ptolemaic tradition is subjected to a profound critique based on the idea that the planetary models must conform both to Levi's own observations as well as those of the ancients, and the claim that astronomical theory must be philosophically sound. The enduring vigor of the Ptolemaic tradition has been characterized by O. Neugebauer as fol­ lows: "There is no better way to convince oneself of the inner coherence of ancient and medieval astronomy than to place side by side the Almagest, al­ BaWini's Opus astronomicum and Copernicus's De Revolutionibus. Chapter by chapter, theorem by theorem, table by table, these works run parallel" (1957, pp. 205-6).

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Astronomy of Levi ben Gerson (1288–1344)
Book Subtitle
A Critical Edition of Chapters 1–20 with Translation and Commentary
Series Title
Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Series Volume
11
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-8569-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-8569-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-8571-4
Series ISSN
0172-570X
Edition Number
1
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