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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2008, 08:53:15 pm »

More important than the mere inclusion of favorable references to medieval sources, however, is the concept of the history of astronomy that is apparent in the passage.

For Regiomontanus, there is a break in the history of astronomy, but it occurs not between classical and medieval authors, but rather between the origins of astronomy and what might be considered the actual discipline of astronomy.

Ptolemy is the "author and chief" of astronomy because it is his texts that survive and form the basis of the astronomical tradition that persists in Regiomontanus's own time. This attitude can be seen most clearly in Regiomontanus's account of the history of arithmetic:   
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