Claudius Ptolemy

about 85 - about 165

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Ptolemy was the most influential of Greek astronomers and geographers of his time. He propounded the geocentric theory that prevailed for 1400 years.
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List of References (80 books/articles)

A Quotation

A Poster of Ptolemy

Mathematicians born in the same country

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  1. Ptolemy's hypotheses of astronomy

Honours awarded to Ptolemy
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Lunar featuresCrater Ptolemaeus
Planetary featuresCrater Ptolemaeus on Mars
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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. NNDB
  4. Science Museum Florence
  5. Vatican exhibition
  6. High Altitude Observatory

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