### Abstract

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 language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 13-37 |

Number of pages | 25 |

Journal | Historia Mathematica |

Volume | 41 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2014 Feb |

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### Keywords

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

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- History
- Mathematics(all)

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

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*Historia Mathematica*, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 13-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hm.2013.10.004

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