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This is my main account, which I now use for content work. I have another account, Unsyncategoremata (talk·contribs), which I (only occasionally) use for maintenance work.
I did come here to do content work and I would still like to do content work, but I seem to have got stuck in various anti-vandalism efforts, partly as a clean-up from this. I plan to empty my watch list in a week's time and just clean-up and content work for a month.
Well, I managed to empty my watch list on 00:00, 7 June 2010 (UTC).
I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover'd the infinite in every thing, and I was then perswaded, & confirmed, that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God.
— William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
I'm currently interested in the history and philosophy of science and mathematics, and more specifically, in the beginnings quantification in science. I'm currently looking at the laws of motion and the development of modern chemistry as test cases, though I mostly focus on the late antique and medieval periods, both Islamic and Christian.
A "saphea" (not "saphaea") is not a universal astrolabe but rather the design of the grid used to make such an astrolabe (amongst other instruments); s.v. "shakkāziyya", EI2, Vol. 9, p. 252a; see also:
Poulle, Emmanuel (1969). "Un instrument astronomique dans l'Occident latin—la "saphea"". Studi medievali. 10: 491–510.
Give the account of Biruni's calculation of the length of one degree of the meridian some tender loving.
Mark Jābir ibn Hayyān's ethnicity as unknown or disputed, following the lead of his article.
The article on Maslamah Ibn Ahmad al-Majriti has, as is common, got the two al-Majrīṭī's confused. See p. xv n. 1 of Majrīṭī, Maslamah ibn Aḥmad (1986). Picatrix: The Latin Version of the Ghāyat Al-Ḥakīm. Studies of the Warburg Institute. David Pingree (trans.). London: Warburg Institute.
The antiperistasis article could start with antiperistasis as a the theory of motion and only then discuss it as "the supposed increase in the intensity of a quality as a result of being surrounded by its contrary quality". Could even add a note there on its use as a name for a rhetorical device.
Do something about the claims that various medieval Islamic philosophers "refuted" astrology.
Find another source for the claim about "al-Qazwini's futuristic tale, written around 1,250 a.d. about 'Awaj bin Anfaq', a man who came to earth from a distant planet" from Khammas, Achmed A. W. (2006-10-10). "The Almost Complete Lack of the Element of "Futureness""(Magazine). Telepolis.
Give prima materia a generous prod and a little more context on Aristotle's position.
al-Kindi on the tides from Dunlop, D. M. (1971). Arab Civilization to A.D. 1500. Arab Background Series. Longman. p. 224.
Go through the sources on Jabir ibn Aflah's supposed invention of the torquetum. My memory is that the consensus is he described (not invented) a rather different instrument and that the inventor of the torquetum is unknown (and may be either Islamic or European).
Correct the 'philosphy' and 'philsophy' misspellings.
This site has massive WP:COPYVIO issues (for example a huge number of articles from the current Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and a copy of Rosenthal's 1958 translation of Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah) and thus has WP:COPYLINK problems.
The Gary Dargan quote on Al-Jahiz from the following program:
Margaret Coffey (Contributor), Chris Middleton (Guest), Richard Rymarz (Guest), Rick Tudor (Guest), Nicholas Coleman (Guest), Brian Edgar (Guest), Andrea Horvath (Guest), Roger Fernando (Guest), Gary Dargan (Guest). "Encounter – Intelligent Design – 11 June 2006". Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National.Missing or empty |series= (help)
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