Aristarchus of Samos – Thomas Heath

S$42.00

Aristarchus of Samos – Thomas Heath

S$42.00

Title: Aristarchus of Samos: The Ancient Copernicus. A History of Greek Astronomy to Aristarchus, together with Aristarchus’s Treatise on the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon

Author: Aristarchus, Sir Thomas Heath

Publisher: Oxford, 1913

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Good. Slight foxing. Sticker removed from the back cover, leaving mark. 425pp., 9″ by 6″.

Description

About the book (from jacket flap):

Sir Thomas Heath (1861-1940) was a leading authority on ancient mathematics, renowned for individual works on Apollonius of Perga, Archimedes, and Euclid, and for his histories of Greek mathematics and astronomy. In this book he presents the Greek text of Aristarchus’ ‘Treatise on the sizes and distances of the Sun and Moon’, with English translation, notes, and commentary. Aristarchus (c. 310-230 BC) is credited, on the authority of Archimedes, with the helio-centric hypothesis: he was in fact the originator of the Copernician hypothesis. To substantiate this claim, Heath traces every step in the progress towards Aristarchus’ hypothesis, presenting a complete history of Greek astronomy up to Aristarchus before going on to the critical edition of his treatise.

Includes chapters on the astronomy of:

Thales
Anaximander
Pythagoras
Xenophanes
Heraclitus
Parmenides
Anaxogoras
Empedocles
Plato
Aristotle…

and more, along with the Greek text and English translation of Aristarchus