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It will appear that S. Munk used to be the 1st glossy pupil to attract cognizance to the importance of Levi ben Gerson's Astronomy, definitely the main unique paintings on astronomy written in Hebrew within the center a while. Munk (1859, p. 500) known as for a consultant to adopt a significant learn of this paintings, yet there has been little reaction to his plea within the succeeding century. certainly, this is often the 1st variation of the Hebrew textual content of any a part of Levi's Astronomy yet for the desk of contents (Renan, 1893, pp. 624-32), and the poems celebrating the discovery of the Jacob employees that seem in bankruptcy nine (Carlebach, 191Oa, pp. 152-53). The textual content of Levi's Astronomy is written in a ponderous Hebrew sort however the content material flickers with originality. The Ptolemaic culture is subjected to a profound critique according to the concept the planetary types needs to conform either to Levi's personal observations in addition to these of the ancients, and the declare that astronomical concept has to be philosophically sound. the long-lasting vigour of the Ptolemaic culture has been characterised by means of O. Neugebauer as fol­ lows: "There is not any greater option to persuade oneself of the interior coherence of historical and medieval astronomy than to put part by way of part the Almagest, al­ BaWini's Opus astronomicum and Copernicus's De Revolutionibus. bankruptcy via bankruptcy, theorem through theorem, desk through desk, those works run parallel" (1957, pp. 205-6).

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