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Criticism of trepidation models and advocacy of uniform precession in medieval Latin astronomy

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A characteristic hallmark of medieval astronomy is the replacement of Ptolemy’s linear precession with so-called models of trepidation, which were deemed necessary to account for divergences between parameters and data transmitted by Ptolemy and those found by later astronomers. Trepidation is commonly thought to have dominated European astronomy from the twelfth century to the Copernican Revolution, meeting its demise only in the last quarter of the sixteenth century thanks to the observatio...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1007/s00407-016-0184-1

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Oxford college:
All Souls College
Department:
Oxford, HUM, History Faculty
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg Publisher's website
Journal:
Archive for History of Exact Sciences Journal website
Volume:
71
Issue:
3
Pages:
211–244
Publication date:
2016-11-11
Acceptance date:
2016-10-21
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EISSN:
1432-0657
ISSN:
0003-9519
Pubs id:
pubs:653280
URN:
uri:944b5613-97ba-48c0-a8c5-9bc40a4cb9a0
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uuid:944b5613-97ba-48c0-a8c5-9bc40a4cb9a0
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pubs:653280

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