Greek Mathematical Astronomy

  • Alexander Jones
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Mathematics was employed in Greek astronomy as the basis of modeling the heavens and the apparent paths of the heavenly bodies, employing spheres and circles as the elements of the models. Although fundamentally geometrical in conception, Greek mathematical astronomy became increasingly quantitative and numerical, partly in response to Babylonian astronomy.


Circular Path Heavenly Body Visible Body Uniform Circular Motion Mathematical Astronomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York UniversityNYUSA

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