Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Astronomy in the Special Collections

It's World Space Week, so why not take time out to view our spotlight exhibition focussing on astronomy 'O Silver Moon!' On display in the Special Collections Reading Room this week is Theon of Alexandria’s commentary on Book 13 of Ptolemy's Almagest Megales sunt axeos. Published in Basle in 1538 by Johann Walder, this treatment of Ptolemy's pre-Galilean treatise correlates with a renewed interest in his astronomy in the Middle Ages.

Illustrative detail from Megales sunt axeos
You can also view the spotlight exhibition in its entirety on the digital display wall in the Hardiman Foyer during the month of October.

If you would like to view this item, please contact the staff of the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at specialcollections@nuigalway.ie.

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