Theory and Observation in Medieval Astronomy

  title={Theory and Observation in Medieval Astronomy},
  author={Bernard R. Goldstein},
  pages={39 - 47}
T HERE IS NO MODERN STUDY of the relationship between theory and observation in medieval astronomy, as far as I am aware. A number of modern astronomers, foremost among them Simon Newcomb, have discussed medieval observations with regard to their accuracy and usefulness for the determination of certain astronomical parameters.' Moreover, historians of astronomy have devoted much effort to the elucidation of various medieval modifications of ancient theories.2 But the impression one gains from… 
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