Ptolemy in Perspective

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

  • Alexander Jones

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

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2788-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2787-0
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2788-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
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