By Peter Doig

The aim of this quantity is to supply in a concise demeanour yet as comprehensively as attainable an updated account of worth to the overall reader looking a data of the improvement of the technology of astronomy, to be able to even be a convenient reference e-book helpful to scholars as a list of the most occasions and of the executive paintings of person astronomers.

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Observations seem to have been abandoned, so much so generally that only eight are known to have been recorded until about the thne of the Arabian astronomers in the ninth century. But the school of Alexandria, and Greek science, passed out of existence when the city was taken by the Arabs in the year 640; and all that remained by then of the famous library, of which Eratosthenes had been chief nearly nine centuries before, was destroyed. CHAPTER IV MOI-IAMMEDANS. 'TARTARS. MEDIEVAL EUROPE T o the astronomers who followed Ptolemy, there seemed to be only the task of further observations to fix, lllore accurately than he had done, the values of the diameters of deferents and epicycles, the distances fronl the centres of the deferents and epicycles to the centres round which revolution took place, the periods of revolution in deferents and epicycles, and so on.

1 strO'}lOJJl ical SocictJ' of tlu? Pacific, val. 58, p. 24. On the edher hand, the Egyptologist Breasted, COIl;;ide-red the first. , to have been :ixcd by sllch observations of Sirills. U 1\1. Davidsoll, I'The Stars and tbc~lind," p. :35 (1947). 8 CHAPTER III GI

Of Miletus near Ephesus, commonly called the founder of Greek Astronomy, seems to have been a capable business man who visited Mesopotamia and Egypt in the course of his commercial undertakings. He studied the science of these countries and is said to have learned of the Saros cycle (see p. 21) in them. It is stated that this enabled him to forecast the occurrence of an eclipse of the Sun. , May 28 has been given, the phenomenon taking place during a battle betvveen the Lydians and the Medes.

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