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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, with a view to even be a convenient reference publication precious to scholars as a checklist of the most occasions and of the manager paintings of person astronomers.

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Into a n"ccpL;tcle, th(~ rise of level in tlle latter sho\viug the passage ()f tirnc by a pointer, on a float, directed in a graduated. scale. llovved to pass in a. cond. ; 22 HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY the greatest value before the later improvements of graduated circles and mechanical clocks. The uncertainty of the real dates of these inventions, however, is such that sorne authorities consider that the water-clock in a rough form, the gn0l110n, and the sundial, were in use in Egypt at an even earlier period (see p.

UJJlical SociclJI of the I)acljic, vol. 54, p. 95 (19-12). 4 B .. Socitty, . 1~X)H. 1 stronoHzicol Society of the Pacific, vo~p. 25 (H)·Hl). 6 G. C. ,cwis, liThe Astrnn()l'ny of the Ancients," p. 25G (lSG2). 1 7 I (Astrollornische C:hrOlH dogie" (19~~»). 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).

His views were those which the great founders of modern astronomy, beginning with Copernicus, had to substitute by a better system. During five subsequent centuries the Alexandrian school continued to exist; but very little was produced in the way of writings except a few works by commentators and compilers, and it may be said that the history of the Astronomy of Greece and Alexandria practically stopped after Ptolemy. 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.

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