Physics and Philosophy in the Almagest

  • Olaf Pedersen
Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)


The Almagest begins with a preface [I, 1; Hei 1, 4]1) in which the whole work is dedicated to a certain Syrus, about whom we know nothing. He must have been rather closely connected with Ptolemy, who dedicated other works to him also, thus the Planetary Hypotheses, the Handy Tables, and the Tetrabiblos, i.e. the main body of his astronomical and astrological writings.


Circular Motion Heavy Body Lunar Eclipse Heavenly Body Planetary Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaf Pedersen
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  1. 1.History of Science DepartmentUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark

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