Ptolemy's Almagest

ISBN-10: 0691002606

ISBN-13: 9780691002606

Edition: 1999

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Description: Ptolemy'sAlmagestis one of the most influential scientific works in history. A masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy. This translation, based on the standard Greek text of Heiberg, makes the work accessible to English readers in an intelligible and reliable form. It contains numerous corrections derived from medieval Arabic translations and extensive footnotes that take account of the great progress in understanding the work made in this century, due to the discovery of Babylonian records and other researches. It is designed to stand by itself as an interpretation of the original, but it will also be useful as an aid to reading the Greek text.

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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science, Emeritus, at the Harvard�e"Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Foreword
Addenda and Corrigenda
Preface
Introduction
Contents of the Almagest
Translation of the Almagest
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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