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Ptolemy in Perspective

Use and Criticism of his Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

  • Alexander Jones
  • First comprehensive study of the "afterlife" of one of antiquity's greatest scientists

  • Shows how the study of the past has persistently intertwined with current science

  • Important new insights from recently discovered or little-studied documents


Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 23)

About this book


Ptolemy was the most important physical scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a half his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography were models for imitation, resources for new work, and targets of criticism. Ptolemy in Perspective traces reactions to Ptolemy from his own times to ours. The nine studies show the complex processes by which an ancient scientist and his work gained and subsequently lost an overreaching reputation and authority.


Ptolemy Renaissance classical tradition history of astrology history of astronomy history of cartography

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  • Alexander Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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