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The Arabic name is important due to the popularity of a Latin translation known as Almagestum made in the 12th century from an Arabic translation, which would endure until original Greek copies resurfaced in the 15th century. Books[ edit ] The Syntaxis Mathematica consists of thirteen sections, called books. As with many medieval manuscripts that were handcopied or, particularly, printed in the early years of printing, there were considerable differences between various editions of the same text, as the process of transcription was highly personal. An example illustrating how the Syntaxis was organized is given below.

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The Arabic name is important due to the popularity of a Latin translation known as Almagestum made in the 12th century from an Arabic translation, which would endure until original Greek copies resurfaced in the 15th century. Books[ edit ] The Syntaxis Mathematica consists of thirteen sections, called books. As with many medieval manuscripts that were handcopied or, particularly, printed in the early years of printing, there were considerable differences between various editions of the same text, as the process of transcription was highly personal.

An example illustrating how the Syntaxis was organized is given below. It is a Latin edition printed in at Venice by Petrus Lichtenstein. Then follows an explanation of chords with table of chords ; observations of the obliquity of the ecliptic the apparent path of the Sun through the stars ; and an introduction to spherical trigonometry. There is also a study of the angles made by the ecliptic with the vertical, with tables. Book III covers the length of the year, and the motion of the Sun.

Books IV and V cover the motion of the Moon , lunar parallax , the motion of the lunar apogee , and the sizes and distances of the Sun and Moon relative to the Earth. Book VI covers solar and lunar eclipses. They also contain a star catalogue of stars, described by their positions in the constellations , together with ecliptic longitude and latitude.

Ptolemy states that the longitudes which increase due to precession are for the beginning of the reign of Antoninus Pius AD , whereas the latitudes do not change with time. But see below, under The star catalog. The constellations north of the zodiac and the northern zodiac constellations Aries through Virgo are in the table at the end of Book VII, while the rest are in the table at the beginning of Book VIII. Each numerical magnitude was considered twice the brightness of the following one, which is a logarithmic scale.

The ratio was subjective as no photodetectors existed. This system is believed to have originated with Hipparchus. Ptolemy identified 48 constellations: The 12 of the zodiac , 21 to the north of the zodiac, and 15 to the south. Book X covers the motions of Venus and Mars. Book XI covers the motions of Jupiter and Saturn. Book XII covers stations and retrograde motion , which occurs when planets appear to pause, then briefly reverse their motion against the background of the zodiac.

Ptolemy understood these terms to apply to Mercury and Venus as well as the outer planets. Book XIII covers motion in latitude, that is, the deviation of planets from the ecliptic. The Earth is a sphere. The Earth is at the center of the cosmos. The Earth, in relation to the distance of the fixed stars, has no appreciable size and must be treated as a mathematical point.

The star catalog[ edit ] As mentioned, Ptolemy includes a star catalog containing stars. He says that he "observed as many stars as it was possible to perceive, even to the sixth magnitude", and that the ecliptic longitudes are for the beginning of the reign of Antoninus Pius AD. But calculations show that his ecliptic longitudes correspond more closely to around 58 AD. This is the amount of axial precession that occurred between the time of Hipparchos and 58 AD. Most of these errors can be explained by similarities in the symbols used for different numbers.

At least one translator also introduced errors. He had apparently learned from Moors , who used the letter "sin" for like the Hebrew " shin " , but the manuscript he was translating came from the East, where "sin" was used for 60, like the Hebrew " samech ". Some errors may be due to atmospheric refraction causing stars that are low in the sky to appear higher than where they really are.

These were probably measured by a different person or persons from the others, and in an inaccurate way.

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From inside the book. This is the amount of axial precession that occurred between the time of Hipparchos and 58 AD. Contents On simultaneous risings of arcs of the ecliptic and equator at sphaera obliqua. The second, by G.

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Three translations of the Almagest into English have been published. Commentaries on the Syntaxis were written by Theon of Alexandria extantPappus of Alexandria only fragments surviveand Ammonius Hermiae lost. Hipparchus 2nd century BC had crafted mathematical models of the motion of the Sun and Moon. Cyrene Library of Alexandria Platonic Academy. The first, by R. The Arabic name is important due to the popularity of a Latin re-translation made in the 12th century from an Arabic translation, which would endure tomoer original Greek copies resurfaced in the 15th century. Apollonius of Perga c.

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