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


About half the corpus of mathematical astronomy—52% of the procedure texts, 41% of the tabular texts—is concerned with the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. §3.1 introduces the planetary phenomena and the terminology of the planetary texts. In §3.2 the composition of the procedure texts for the planets is briefly explored. §3.3 discusses generic elements of the computational systems, i.e. those concepts, parameters, period relations and algorithms that are common to all planets. §3.4–§3.8 are concerned with the algorithms for the individual planets. Critical editions of the planetary procedure texts are found in §5.2.


Outer Planet Period Relation Primary Phenomenon Saturn System Procedure Text 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathieu Ossendrijver
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  1. 1.Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES)University of TübingenTübingenGermany

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