Book Review: José Luis Mancha: Studies in Medieval Astronomy and Optics
Ten articles collected in this book under three headings are, like many other volumes in Ashgate's Variorum Collected Studies Series, a collection of earlier papers published in professional journals. The result of many years of labor, Studies in Medieval Astronomy and Optics is like a small window opening onto that yet-to-be fully documented period of European science when it was first grappling with issues arising from its encounter with Greek science, particularly Greek astronomy and optics. By that time Muslim scientists had already dealt with a majority of the contradictions of Ptolemaic astronomy and many of their findings were available in Latin to the European scientists of the thirteenth to fifteenth century, but what exactly was known to them and how remains unclear. Some articles of this volume shed light on various links between Greek, Muslim, and European scientists. The others deal with specific problems of the European scientific tradition of that era.