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Geminus and the concept of mean motion in Greco-Latin astronomy. (English) Zbl 0856.01002
A methodological reasoning is presented of how Ptolemy’s predecessor Geminus attacked the problem of introducing elements of arithmetics into the interpretation of lunar data. His main concern was the representation of the anomalistic month in particular, and the arithmetic principles and parameters organising the content of tables for daily lunar motion in longitude in general. The authors label Geminus’ lunar theory as a genetic arithmetical reconstruction.
Reviewer: H.Eelsalu (Tartu)
MSC:
01A20 History of mathematics in Ancient Greece and Rome
85-03 History of astronomy and astrophysics
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