Convergence or Coincidence: Ancient Measurements of the Sun and Moon—How Far?

  • David R. Topper


Relative Distance Solar Eclipse Full Moon Late Antiquity Ancient Measurement 


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Notes and References

  1. I have used Galileo’s Two New Sciences, translated by Stillman Drake (Toronto: Wall & Thompson, 1989), quotation on pp. 50–51.Google Scholar
  2. Ptolemy’s Almagest, translated by G.J. Toomer (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1984), quotation from pp. 419–420. An English translation of Aristarchus’s On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon is in Thomas Heath, Aristarchus of Samos: The Ancient Copernican (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), pp. 351–414.Google Scholar
  3. Albert Van Helden, Measuring the Universe: Cosmic Dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985), pp. 4–40. Otto Neugebauer, A History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1975), pp. 111–112. Bernard R. Goldstein, “The Arabic Version of Ptolemy’s Planetary Hypotheses,” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 57, part 4 (1967).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Topper
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada R3B2E9

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