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Mathematical instrumentation in fourteenth-century Egypt and Syria

The illustrated treatise of Najm al-Di¯n al-Mi¯s?ri¯

Mathematical instrumentation in fourteenth-century Egypt and Syria
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This volume contains the critical edition with English translation of a richly-illustrated Arabic treatise on the construction of over 100 various astronomical instruments, many of which are otherwise unknown to specialists. It was composed by Najm al-Din al-Misri, a rather shadowy figure, in Cairo, c.1330. The edition is accompanied by a detailed technical and historical commentary, which is framed as a self-standing essay on Islamic mathematical instrumentation. While this essay/commentary is mainly based on Najm al-Din's treatise, it also benefits from the consultation of a large number of previously unstudied manuscripts, and includes a discussion of all relevant sources from the period 800-1500.
BRILL; January 2003
584 pages; ISBN 9789047402176
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9047402170
9789004130159
9789047402176