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Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life

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2019.04.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jacqueline Feke, Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life, Princeton University Press, 2018, 234pp., $39.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780691179582. Reviewed by Daryn Lehoux, Queen's University The opening paragraphs of Ptolemy's definitive work of ancient astronomy, the Almagest, are the sort of thing that finds a happy home in coursepacks for undergraduate History of Science lectures. They contain grand methodological pronouncements about mathematics, physics, and theology by one of the greatest scientific thinkers of his own (or indeed of any) age, a crisp statement of the ancient idea of the eternal and unchanging motions of the heavens, and a paean to how important the intellectual work of understanding those motions is. But those opening sentences are also, it should be said, almost entirely unrepresentative of the contents of the Almagest itself, which is -- once the introduction is out of the... Read More

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