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Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Memoir on Astronomy (al-Tadhkira fī cilm al-hay’a)

Volume I: Introduction, Edition, and Translation

  • F. J. Ragep

Part of the Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SOURCES, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. General Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. J. Ragep
      Pages 3-23
    3. F. J. Ragep
      Pages 24-88
  3. Edition and Translation

    1. F. J. Ragep
      Pages 89-341
  4. Commentary Figures

    1. F. J. Ragep
      Pages 343-371

About this book

Introduction

I was introduced to Tiisi: and his Tadhkira some 19 years ago. That first meeting was neither happy nor auspicious. My graduate student notes from the time indicate a certain level of confusion and frustration; I seem to have had trouble with such words as tadwlr (epicycle), which was not to be found in my standard dictionary, and with the concept of solid-sphere astronomy, which, when found, was pooh-poohed in the standard sources. I had another, even more decisive reaction: boredom. Only the end of the term brought relief, and I was grateful to be on to other, more exciting aspects of the history of science. A few years later, I found myself, thanks to fellowships from Fulbright-Hays and the American Research Center in Egypt, happily immersed in the manu­ script collections of Damascus, Aleppo, and Cairo. Though I had intended to work on a topic in the history of mathematics, I was drawn, perhaps inevitably, to a certain type of astronomical writing falling under the rubric of hay' a. At first this fascination was based on sheer numbers; that so many medieval scientists could have written on such a subject must mean something, I told myself. (I was in a sociological mode at the time.

Keywords

astronomy cosmology logic mathematics proof

Authors and affiliations

  • F. J. Ragep
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of the History of ScienceUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-2241-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-2243-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-2241-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6315
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