7/31/11

Arabic astronomers - Astronomy - Arabick Roots exhibition | Royal Society

Astronomy - Arabick Roots exhibition | Royal Society: "Several 17th century astronomers made the effort to learn Arabic and Persian to have access to observations that would help them settle topical astronomical debates. This included the first five Savilian professors of Astronomy at Oxford. Some, like John Greaves, travelled to the Arab world where they made observations, learned Arabic and collected manuscripts."

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