By Alexander Jones
Ptolemy was once an important actual scientist of the Roman Empire, and for a millennium and a part his writings on astronomy, astrology, and geography have been versions for imitation, assets for brand spanking new paintings, and goals of feedback. Ptolemy in viewpoint strains reactions to Ptolemy from his personal occasions to ours. The 9 reviews exhibit the complicated methods in which an historical scientist and his paintings received and as a consequence misplaced an overreaching recognition and authority.
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A hundred thirty: A. Tihon nine nevertheless, one can also comment that in the 37,500 Egyptian years counted from the start of the period to the remark of Hipparchus in 158 B. C. , the precession on the expense of 1°/78y is 37,500/78 = 360° + 120;46,9…° this is able to clarify the unusual collection of those strange sessions of 30,000 and 7,000 years. on the start line of the method, the unknown writer of this Syntaxis might have assumed that Regulus and the Spring equinox are either put on the aspect E0. yet this speculation is quite doubtful. What we will say is that during the convenient Tables Ptolemy makes use of platforms for counting the longitude of the planets: they're first calculated from Regulus (α Leonis) after which adjusted to the standard tropical longitude measured from Aries 0°. There are different questions which want extra research, for instance, why calculate additionally a “mean” longitude with a 12 months of 365 1/4 days? 14 What was once the underlying development with an “enkentros” and an “ekkentros”? there's not anything within the textual content which are interpreted as a connection with an apogee, yet a building with an eccentric definitely implies solving an apogee and a perigee. 15 half b the second one a part of the textual content (Part b) is tough to learn, however the difficulties taken care of within the textual content are particularly transparent: it's a topic of correcting the time, which means seasonal and equinoctial time, and the writer makes use of a desk of indirect ascensions for the clima of Alexandria. the information are with regards to the convenient tables, yet now not the exact same. One needs to notice that the ascensions are expressed when it comes to zodiacal signs—in the papyrus, the sidereal circle, the tropical ecliptic, and the equator are all divided in “zodiacal symptoms. ” After changing the seasonal time in equinoctial hours, the writer corrects the location of the solar. There are diversified positions given the following, Scorpio 14° <…> and 18° <…>, however the sexagesimal figures aren't basically demonstrated. sixteen in addition, it's tough to come to a decision which one is the sidereal longitude, and which one is the tropical longitude. After adjustment of the Sun’s place because of the correction of the given time, the writer maintains with the calculation of the declination. evidently, his desk is especially as regards to the Almagest desk, yet no longer the exact same. The textual content is coming to an finish, because it turns out, with a proof about the “direction” of the sunlight, find out how to comprehend if the solar is within the “ascending” or the “descending” a part of the ecliptic, and within the northern or the southern half, an issue which 10 An Unpublished Astronomical Papyrus modern with Ptolemy has no nice curiosity for a contemporary scientist, yet that's often mentioned within the historic astronomical commentaries. As a end, i need to underline the outstanding curiosity of this papyrus. we discover right here a notable proof of the truth that many various tables and astronomical Syntaxeis did exist on the time of Ptolemy. 17 Notes 1. 2. three. four. five. 6. 7 eight nine. 10. eleven. 12. thirteen. 14. 15. sixteen. 17. Underlined phrases are feedback for a greater figuring out of the textual content.
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