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Early Printed Translations of Other Arabic Scientific Texts

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Commentary

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Alhazen, Geber, Gerard of Cremona

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Early Printed Translations of Other Arabic Scientific Texts

Early Printed Translations of Other Arabic Scientific Texts
by The Arcadian Library
The Arcadian Library
The Arcadian Library

  • Subtitle:
    An Introduction
  • Keywords:
    Abbasid, Arabic manuscripts, Aleppo, Astrology, Astronomy, Baghdad, Chemistry, Cremona, Early Modern Period, Geometry, Incunable, Mathematics, Oxford, Padua, Renaissance, Seville, Venice

As part of the Translation Movement centring on the House of Wisdom in Abbasid Baghdad, numerous works relating to chemistry, physics, astronomy and astrology were brought together and translated into Arabic, facilitating new discoveries, theories and systems of experimentation. From the astrological works of Albumasar, Masha’Allah and Ulugh Begh to the Ptolemaic commentaries by Alfraganus, Al-Tusi and Alhazen, from new astronomical tables that would be used by the greatest European physicists of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to mathematical innovations that form the basis of modern technology, these Arabic works found a large audience in late Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Arabic scholars were also valued in Europe for their contributions to the advancement of other areas of science, such as chemistry, optics and astronomy.