Ptolemaic system


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Ptolemaic system (astronomy) Ptolemy's model of the universe with the Earth at the center
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ptolemaic system (Astron) the system maintained by Ptolemy, who supposed the earth to be fixed in the center of the universe, with the sun and stars revolving around it. This theory was received for ages, until superseded by the Copernican system.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ptolemaic system the method by which Ptolemy, the astronomer, explained the structure of the heavens and the motions of the heavenly bodies (139 A.D.)
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In literature:

The Ptolemaic system gave way to Tycho Brahe, and his to that of Copernicus.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
Incidentally, new facts were learned about the nature, size, and form of the earth, and the Ptolemaic system went glimmering.
"The Iron Heel" by Jack London
The Ptolemaic system is, therefore, essentially a geocentric system.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
He thus developed a system of his own, which was in some sort a compromise between the Ptolemaic and the Copernican systems.
"A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
He is a firm believer in the Ptolemaic system.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The theories in your books are almost as obsolete as the Ptolemaic System.
"Two on a Tower" by Thomas Hardy
Apparently the Ptolemaic system, which prevailed at that time, was displeasing to him.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
This hypothesis cannot be maintained according to the Ptolemaic system; indeed, it is in direct contravention to it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
In like manner, it is worth while to pause a moment and consider what is implied in the substitution of the Copernican for the Ptolemaic system.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Ptolemaic system of astronomy, 148.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
In 1632 appeared his "Dialogues" on the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
For example, the Ptolemaic view of the solar system was bound to precede the Copernican.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Bacon died a believer in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The Ptolemaic system was too strongly intrenched, and the motions of all the bodies in the sky were too well represented by it.
"Astronomy" by David Todd

In science:

Galilei, G. (1632), “Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems: The Ptolemaic and the Copernican,” Gio Pertista Landini.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Dreyer,: A history of astronomy, Dover, 1953. 4 For a simple introduction to the Ptolemaic system see: Neugebauer, O.: The exact sciences in antiquity, Dover, 1969.
Quasi periodic motions from Hipparchus to Kolmogorov