Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

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

Volume I: Introduction, Edition, and Translation

Authors: Ragep, F. Jamil

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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.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Memoir on Astronomy (al-Tadhkira fī cilm al-hay’a)
Book Subtitle
Volume I: Introduction, Edition, and Translation
Authors
Series Title
Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Series Volume
12
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2241-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2241-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-2243-7
Series ISSN
0172-6315
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 371
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