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Le rôle des diagrammes dans quelques traités de la Petite astronomie (2012)


On diagrams in the Little Astronomy This article deals with the diagrams included in some treatises of the Little Astronomy. Under this name, one means a set of ancient treatises which are handed down to us by the Greek tradition and which could have been gathered roughly in the fourth century ad in Alexandria. It could have been used as a pedagogic introduction to the study of Ptolemy's Almagest. It includes works by Autolycos (ca. 330 bc), Euclid (ca. 300 bc) and Theodosius of Bithynia (ca. 125 bc) among others. These treatises provide a corpus of elementary spherical astronomy. Examining the diagrams, the author endeavours to highlight the common rules and uses which characterize the style of the proof of this elementary astronomy. The function of these diagrams is not to depict geometrical objects but rather to schematize the truly astronomic aspects of the demonstration itself, which are related to the introduction of time or motion in a geometrical layout.

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Authors & Contributors
Tihon, Anne
Vitrac, Bernard
Evans, James
Leurquin, Régine
Harari, Orna
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Presses Universitaires de France
State University of New York Press
Arabic language
Theon of Alexandria
Meliteniotes, Theodoros
Apollonius, of Perga
Time Periods
19th century
Alexandria (Egypt)
Hellenistic world

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