Ptolemy's "Almagest"

Ptolemy's "Almagest"

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Ptolemy's Almagest is 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 997.9g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English, Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Revised ed.
  • 219 figures 38 tables
  • 0691002606
  • 9780691002606
  • 450,708

Review quote

"G.J. Toomer's new English edition of Ptolemy's classic treatise is more than just a fresh translation... What Toomer has produced is the best edition in any language, one that will remain the standard preferred text for years to come."--Nature "On the whole the accuracy and faithfulness to the original, including the small but important matter of a scrupulous adherence to Ptolemy's own mathematical notations, are exemplary."--G.E.R. Lloyd, The Times Literary Supplement

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"Whatever we now understand of Ptolemy ... is in this book."--Noel Swerdlow, University of Chicago

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Table of contents

Foreword vii Addenda and Corrigenda xi Preface xv Introduction i Contents of the Almagest 27 Translation of the Almagest 33 Appendices 649 Bibliography 673 Index 683

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