The Almagest is a 2nd-century Greek-language mathematical and astronomical treatise on the . The second, by G. J. Toomer, Ptolemy’s Almagest in , with a second edition in The third was a partial translation by Bruce M. Perry in . JHA, xviii () ESSAY REVIEW THE ALMA GEST IN TRANSLATION Ptolemy’s Translated and annotated by G. J. Toomer (Duckworth, London, ). Ptolemy’s Almagest. Astronomy – Early works to I. Title II. Toomer. G. J.. . with microfilms of various Greek and Arabic manuscripts of the Almagest.

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Timeline of ancient Greek mathematicians. This is the amount of axial precession almagesg occurred between the time of Hipparchos and 58 AD. It explained geometrical models of the planets based on combinations of circles, which could be used to predict the motions of celestial objects. Around the same time, George of Trebizond made a full translation accompanied by a commentary that was as long as the original text. Hence it cannot have been completed before abouta quarter-century after Ptolemy began observing.

Ptolemy inherited from his Greek predecessors toomed geometrical toolbox and a partial set of models for predicting where the planets would appear in the sky. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Heiberg in Claudii Ptolemaei opera quae exstant omniavols.

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, allmagest to the discovery of Babylonian records and other researches.


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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. What follows is a close paraphrase of Ptolemy’s own words from Toomer’s translation.

A direct French translation from the Greek text was published in almagesr volumes in and by Nicholas Halmaincluding detailed historical comments in a page preface. Chapter 2, page These were probably measured by a different person or persons from the others, and in an inaccurate way.

Problem of Apollonius Squaring the circle Doubling the cube Angle trisection. 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.

Hipparchus had some knowledge of Mesopotamian astronomyand he felt that Greek models should match those of the Babylonians in accuracy. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Almagest.

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The Almagest is the critical source of information on ancient Greek astronomy. Hipparchus wrote about trigonometrybut because his works appear to have been lost, mathematicians use Ptolemy’s book as their source for Hipparchus’s work and ancient Greek trigonometry in general.

Views Read Edit View history. User Review – Flag as inappropriate It was very useful in studies of ancient cultural as well as ancient math. Ptolemy’s “Almagest” is one of the most influential scientific works in history. This translation, based on the standard Greek text of Heiberg, makes the work accessible to English readers in an intelligible and reliable form.

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Henry Aristippus made the first Latin translation directly from a Greek copy, but it was not as influential as a later translation into Latin made by Gerard of Cremona from the Arabic finished in Account Options Sign in. An example illustrating how the Syntaxis was organized is given below. Perry in The Almagest: The cosmology of the Syntaxis includes five main points, each of which is the subject of a chapter in Book I.

The Syntaxis Mathematica consists of thirteen sections, called books. Many of the longitudes and latitudes have been corrupted in the various manuscripts. The Arabic name is important due to the popularity of a Latin re-translation made in the 12th century from an Arabic translation, which would endure until original Greek copies resurfaced in the 15th century.

Some errors may be due to atmospheric refraction causing stars that are low in the sky to appear higher than where they really are.

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In a later book, the Planetary HypothesesPtolemy explained how almayest transform his geometrical models into three-dimensional spheres or partial spheres. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Ptolemy’s authority was preferred by most medieval Islamic and late medieval European astronomers.