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A Survey of the Almagest, Olaf Pedersen ; with annotation and new commentary by Alexander Jones

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A Survey of the Almagest
Title
A Survey of the Almagest
Statement of responsibility
Olaf Pedersen ; with annotation and new commentary by Alexander Jones
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Language
eng
Summary
"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."--Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB41
LC item number
.P43 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences
Label
A Survey of the Almagest, Olaf Pedersen ; with annotation and new commentary by Alexander Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 430-443) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Almagest through the ages -- Physics and philosophy in the Almagest -- Ptolemy as a mathematician -- Spherical astronomy in the Almagest -- The motion of the sun -- The theories of the moon -- Parallaxes and eclipses -- The fixed stars -- The superior planets -- The inferior planets -- Retrograde motions and maximum elongations -- Latitudes and visibility periods -- Epilogue: the other ptolemy -- Apendix A: dated observations -- Appendix B: numerical parameters
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Rev. ed.
Extent
480 p.
Isbn
9780387848259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn662409499
  • (OCoLC)ocn694400572
Label
A Survey of the Almagest, Olaf Pedersen ; with annotation and new commentary by Alexander Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 430-443) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Almagest through the ages -- Physics and philosophy in the Almagest -- Ptolemy as a mathematician -- Spherical astronomy in the Almagest -- The motion of the sun -- The theories of the moon -- Parallaxes and eclipses -- The fixed stars -- The superior planets -- The inferior planets -- Retrograde motions and maximum elongations -- Latitudes and visibility periods -- Epilogue: the other ptolemy -- Apendix A: dated observations -- Appendix B: numerical parameters
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Rev. ed.
Extent
480 p.
Isbn
9780387848259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn662409499
  • (OCoLC)ocn694400572

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