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    DescriptionPtolemy'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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    Ptolemy's "Almagest"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ptolemy, Translated by G. J. Toomer, Foreword by Owen Gingerich
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 693
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 999 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691002606
    ISBN 10: 0691002606

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    DC22: 520
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 520
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PGC
    B&T Approval Code: A52010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QB41 .P957 1998
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PGC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    219 figures 38 tables
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    08 November 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    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
    Back cover copy
    "Whatever we now understand of Ptolemy ... is in this book."--Noel Swerdlow, University of Chicago
    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