Pedersen's 1974 publication, A Survey of the Almagest, is the most recent in a long tradition of companions to the Almagest. Part paraphrase and part commentary, Pedersen's work has earned the universal praise of historians and serves as the definitive introductory text for students interested in studying the Almagest.
In this revised edition, Alexander Jones, a distinguished authority on the history of early astronomy, provides supplementary information and commentary to the original text to account for scholarship that has appeared since 1974. This revision also incorporates various corrections to Pedersen's original text that have been identified since its publication.
This volume is intended to provide students of the history of astronomy with a self-contained introduction to the Almagest, helping them to understand and appreciate Ptolemy's great and classical work.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 470
Weight: 905 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
From the book reviews:
"The book is a guide to reading through the details of Ptolemy's argument, while keeping a clear focus on the astronomical and mathematical concepts. ... the inclusion of supplementary material makes this edition essential for anyone studying Ptolemy or the ancient and medieval traditions of mathematical astronomy that were influenced by his work." (Nathan Sidoli, Historia Mathematica, Vol. 39, 2012)
Pedersens Buch war und ist unverzichtbar, wenn man tiefer in den Almagest des Ptolemaios einsteigen will. Es ist daher dem Verlag zu danken, diesen modernen Klassiker mit wichtigen Zusatzen und Korrekturen nachgedruckt zu haben.
Mathematischer Semesterbericht, September 2011
Pedersen has performed his analysis with great care and technical accuracy. ... [The book] is written dearly and concisely. It certainly achieves its aim of making the 'Almagest' accessible and understandable to students of the history of astronomy.
G. J. Toomer, Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
The organization of the 'Survey' ... is done in such a brilliant style that makes the technically prohibiting text of the 'Almagest' an enjoyable reading within a clear historical perspective.
George A. Saliba, Centaurus
['A Survey of the Almagest'] is a mine of well-organized, well-documented, carefully cross-indexed information. Indeed, the general reader will find it an eye-opening introduction to Greek mathematics.
Victor E. Thoren, Isis
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