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By Peter Doig

The aim of this quantity is to supply in a concise demeanour yet as comprehensively as attainable an up to date account of price to the final reader looking a data of the improvement of the technology of astronomy, in order to even be a convenient reference e-book worthy to scholars as a list of the most occasions and of the executive paintings of person astronomers.

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I-Ie published a set of astrononlical and nlatheluatical tables, vvhich are knovvIl as the I-Iakeluite 'I'ables, the Cctliph of the time being named Hakelu. Arabian astronomers in Spain (then. a Mohall1meda 11 dominion), and the opposite part of North Africa, performed some important ,york. Arzachel of Toledo, who suggested elliptical rather than circular planetary movelnent, calculated the Toletan 1'ables (1080); and to others of the same schools lnay be attributed improvements and methods of observation and calculation, also some good criticism of Ptolemy, but without alternative suggestions.

Nd planets could be reduced to a combination of uniforIll circular or spherical motions. It is possible that in doing this he vvas not thinking of getting an accurate theory of celestial ITIotions so 111uch as of the construction of (::t. etrical plan not disagreeing greatly \vith the facts of observation. According to Dampier ("A J-listory of Science," p. rth \vould give a simpler account of the phenonlena. bination of unifornl circular 111otions. ncl planets to be on similar vaults or spheres, all revolving unifonnly.

V s . tcr clock. C. It c(H1sistecl ( ) f one \'cssel kept full of ,·vater thai: \vas allowed to esca. lin)ugh a slnallhole in thelJottoll1. into a n"ccpL;tcle, th(~ rise of level in tlle latter sho\viug the passage ()f tirnc by a pointer, on a float, directed in a graduated. scale. llovved to pass in a. cond. ; 22 HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY the greatest value before the later improvements of graduated circles and mechanical clocks. The uncertainty of the real dates of these inventions, however, is such that sorne authorities consider that the water-clock in a rough form, the gn0l110n, and the sundial, were in use in Egypt at an even earlier period (see p.

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