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.
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A Concise History of Astronomy by Peter Doig