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Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale. Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of the Geography, and the later history of the work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691092591
ISBN-10: 0691092591
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 11mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 26-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Ptolemy

J. Lennart Berggren is Professor of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. His previous books include Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam and Pi:A Source Book Alexander Jones is Professor of Classics and of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Pappus of Alexandria: Book 7 of the Collection and Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus.

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