Two problems in Aristarchus’s treatise on the sizes and distances of the sun and moon

  title={Two problems in Aristarchus’s treatise on the sizes and distances of the sun and moon},
  author={Christi{\'a}n C. Carman},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
The book of Aristarchus of Samos, On the distances and sizes of the sun and moon, is one of the few pre-Ptolemaic astronomical works that have come down to us in complete or nearly complete form. The simplicity and cleverness of the basic ideas behind the calculations are often obscured in the reading of the treatise by the complexity of the calculations and reasoning. Part of the complexity could be explained by the lack of trigonometry and part by the fact that Aristarchus appears unwilling… 
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