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Archimedes

Ptolemy in Perspective

Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

Editors: Jones, Alexander (Ed.)

  • Offers a comprehensive study of the "afterlife" of one of antiquity's greatest scientists
  • Shows how the study of the past has persistently intertwined with current science
  • Presents important new insights from recently discovered or little-studied documents
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Ptolemy was the most important physical scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a half his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography were models for imitation, resources for new work, and targets of criticism. Ptolemy in Perspective traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours. The nine studies show the complex processes by which an ancient scientist and his work gained and subsequently lost an overreaching reputation and authority.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • An Unpublished Astronomical Papyrus Contemporary with Ptolemy

    Tihon, Anne

    Pages 1-10

  • Ancient Rejection and Adoption of Ptolemy’s Frame of Reference for Longitudes

    Jones, Alexander

    Pages 11-44

  • Ptolemy’s Doctrine of the Terms and Its Reception

    Heilen, Stephan

    Pages 45-93

  • The Tradition of Texts and Maps in Ptolemy’s Geography

    Mittenhuber, Florian

    Pages 95-119

  • Islamic Reactions to Ptolemy’s Imprecisions

    Ragep, F. Jamil

    Pages 121-134

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eBook $229.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $299.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3086-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ptolemy in Perspective
Book Subtitle
Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century
Editors
  • Alexander Jones
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
23
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2788-7
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2788-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2787-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3086-1
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 229
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