Practical ephemeris calculations by Oliver Montenbruck
By Oliver Montenbruck
Montenbruck O. useful ephemeris calculations (Springer, 1989)(ISBN 0387507043)
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29. 4 Pingree  has summarized the contents, pp. 9-12. See also Sezgin, GAS, 6: 129. 5 As Pingree , p. 6 But were these early Islamic forays into physical cosmography sufficient to define a genre or to establish a tradition that can account for the Tadhkira? Based on the testimony of Ibn al-Haytham, a prominent, not to say crucial, figure in developing that tradition, the answer must be no. s ... their goal is to collect that which has been stated in a detailed way and to present it as a summary (jumal) free of proofs ...
6 Wright , pp. 171-172. We need not follow him down the slippery slope of analogy with Kepler and Newton to accept his fundamental point. 7 Only the first part of Book I is extant in Greek. Both books are available in an anonymous Arabic translation "corrected" by Thabit ibn Qurra. There is also a Hebrew translation from the Arabic. The Greek text of Book I (lacking the part on sizes and distances) with a French translation is in Halma , pp. 41-56; the Greek text is also in Heiberg , which in addition contains a German translation begun by L.
E. ) to see that this view of cum al-hay'a and all that it entailed had become commonplace. 8 Thus under this classification one finds, among other things, theoretical works, astronomical handbooks (zijes), books on the making and use of instruments, treatises on observational astronomy, and tables of prayer times. 9 But just as with Avicenna, cum al-hay'a among these later categorizers does not include works on astrology or the body of literature related to Aristotle's De caelo (al-samii' wa-'[-Ca[am), both of which were usually considered to fall under the Peripatetic rubric of physics.