Mathematical tables in Ptolemy's Almagest

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This paper is a discussion of Ptolemy's use of mathematical tables in the Almagest. By focusing on Ptolemy's mathematical practice and terminology, I argue that Ptolemy used tables as part of an organized group of units of text, which I call the table nexus. In the context of this deductive structure, tables function in the Almagest in much the same way as theorems in a canonical work, such as the Elements, both as means of presenting acquired knowledge and as tools for producing further knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-37
Number of pages25
JournalHistoria Mathematica
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb

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Keywords

  • Almagest
  • Greek astronomy
  • Greek mathematics
  • Mathematical functions
  • Mathematical tables
  • Ptolemy

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Mathematical tables in Ptolemy's Almagest. / Sidoli, Nathan Camillo.

In: Historia Mathematica, Vol. 41, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 13-37.

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