Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

A Survey of the Almagest

With Annotation and New Commentary by Alexander Jones

Authors: Pedersen, Olaf

Editors: Jones, Alexander (Ed.)

  • Provides a definitive overview of the historical content and context of Ptolemy's Almagest, the primary source of knowledge concerning early astronomy
  • Serves as a modern introductory companion to Ptolemy's Almagest, providing summary and commentary
  • Includes new historical insights and information discovered since the work's original publication in 1974
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The "Almagest," by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy, is the most important surviving treatise on early mathematical astronomy, offering historians valuable insight into the astronomy and mathematics of the ancient world. Pedersen's 1974 publication, "A Survey of the Almagest," is the most recent in a long tradition of companions to the "Almagest." Part paraphrase and part commentary, Pedersen’s work has earned the universal praise of historians and serves as the definitive introductory text for students interested in studying the "Almagest." In this revised edition, Alexander Jones, a distinguished authority on the history of early astronomy, provides supplementary information and commentary to the original text to account for scholarship that has appeared since 1974. This revision also incorporates various corrections to Pedersen's original text that have been identified since its publication. This volume is intended to provide students of the history of astronomy with a self-contained introduction to the "Almagest," helping them to understand and appreciate Ptolemy’s great and classical work. From the reviews of "A Survey of the Almagest": “Pedersen has performed his analysis with great care and technical accuracy. … [The book] is written dearly and concisely. It certainly achieves its aim of making the 'Almagest' accessible and understandable to students of the history of astronomy.” – G. J. Toomer, Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences “The organization of the 'Survey' … is done in such a brilliant style that makes the technically prohibiting text of the 'Almagest' an enjoyable reading within a clear historical perspective…” – George A. Saliba, Centaurus “['A Survey of the Almagest'] is a mine of well-organized, well-documented, carefully cross-indexed information. Indeed, the general reader will find it an eye-opening introduction to Greek mathematics…” – Victor E. Thoren, Isis

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“The book is a guide to reading through the details of Ptolemy’s argument, while keeping a clear focus on the astronomical and mathematical concepts. … the inclusion of supplementary material makes this edition essential for anyone studying Ptolemy or the ancient and medieval traditions of mathematical astronomy that were influenced by his work.” (Nathan Sidoli, Historia Mathematica, Vol. 39, 2012)

Pedersens Buch war und ist unverzichtbar, wenn man tiefer in den Almagest des Ptolemaios einsteigen will. Es ist daher dem Verlag zu danken, diesen modernen Klassiker mit wichtigen Zusätzen und Korrekturen nachgedruckt zu haben.

Mathematischer Semesterbericht, September 2011

Pedersen has performed his analysis with great care and technical accuracy. … [The book] is written dearly and concisely. It certainly achieves its aim of making the 'Almagest' accessible and understandable to students of the history of astronomy.

G. J. Toomer, Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences

The organization of the 'Survey' … is done in such a brilliant style that makes the technically prohibiting text of the 'Almagest' an enjoyable reading within a clear historical perspective. 

George A. Saliba, Centaurus

['A Survey of the Almagest'] is a mine of well-organized, well-documented, carefully cross-indexed information. Indeed, the general reader will find it an eye-opening introduction to Greek mathematics.

Victor E. Thoren, Isis


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Survey of the Almagest
Book Subtitle
With Annotation and New Commentary by Alexander Jones
Authors
Editors
  • Alexander Jones
Series Title
Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-84826-6
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-84826-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-84825-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3922-0
Series ISSN
2196-8810
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 470
Additional Information
Originally published by Odense University Press 1974
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