Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century by Alexander JonesPtolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century by Alexander Jones

Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

EditorAlexander Jones

Paperback | March 14, 2012

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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.
Title:Ptolemy in Perspective: Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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IntroductionAnne TihonAn unpublished astronomical papyrus contemporary with PtolemyAlexander JonesAncient rejection and Adoption of Ptolemy's Frame of Reference for LongitudesStephan HeilenPtolemy's doctrine of the Terms and its receptionFlorian MittenhuberThe tradition of texts and maps in Ptolemy's GeographyF. Jamil RagepIslamic reactions to Ptolemy's imprecisionsH. Darrel RutkinThe use and abuse of Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos in Renaissance and early modern Europe: two case studies (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Filippo Fantoni)N. M. SwerdlowTycho, Longomontanus, and Kepler on Ptolemy's solar observations and theory, precession of the equinoxes, and obliquity of the eclipticJohn M. SteeleDunthorne, Mayer, and Lalande on the secular acceleration of the moonBibliography