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Computational Astronomy in the Middle Ages: Sets of Astronomical Tables in Latin (2019)


Chabàs, Josep (Author)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 456
Language: English

This monograph is devoted to an analysis of the major sets of tables in Latin used by astronomers in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, revealing the connections between them, and exploring the transmission of astronomical knowledge. We present in chronological order, as far as possible, these sets of tables, arranged in four parts. 0Part I examines the background for the work of Andalusian table-makers, and includes a brief survey of the tables compiled by Ptolemy and those in the zijes of al-Khwarizmi and al-Battani, for these sets had a major influence on medieval western astronomers. 0Part II deals mainly with the two principal astronomical traditions developed in al-Andalus and subsequently in the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, with special focus on the Toledan Tables. 0In Part III the emphasis is on the Castilian Alfonsine Tables developed in Toledo in the second half of the thirteenth century and later recast by several astronomers, mainly in Paris, to become what is called the Parisian Alfonsine Tables. 0Part IV presents later collections of astronomical tables, mostly in the Alfonsine framework, with an emphasis on their user friendliness. 0This volume may serve as a guide for researchers in identifying sets of tables and it may also serve as a tool to recognize isolated astronomical tables in miscellaneous manuscripts or even those mixed in with other tables. For that purpose, many sets of tables have been examined in more than 350 manuscripts and printed editions. With this volume, the CSIC consolidates a long tradition of publications in the history of medieval astronomy.

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Authors & Contributors
Chabás, José
Goldstein, Bernard R.
Rada, W. S.
Jones, Alexander
Nugayev, Rinat M.
Forcada, Miquel
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Leuven University Press
Brepols Publishers
Tables; catalogs; lists
Alphonsine Tables
Latin language
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
al-Battānī, Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Jābir
Muris, Johannes de
Nikolaus von Heybech
Vimond, John
Alfonso X, King of Léon and Castile
Paris (France)
Toledo (Spain)
Castille (Spain)
14th century
Early modern

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