The tables of Bianchini (d. after 1469) are the largest set produced in the West before modern times, and historians of astronomy Chabas (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Goldstein (emeritus U. of Pittsburgh) have long wanted to discover the key that he used to construct them. Now they have, and contend that though the tables are not innovative in their building blocks, they reflect a well defined approach to astronomy, a practical way of presenting it, and a solid computing ability. Their first chapter outlines Bianchini's life and work, and the second analyzes his tables in the 1492 and 1526 printed editions and in two manuscripts. Annotation c2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jose Chabas, Ph.D. (1989) in Physics, University of Barcelona, Spain, teaches at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and currently works at FAO, Rome, Italy. He studies the transmission of astronomical ideas, methods, and tables in the late Middle Ages.Bernard R. Goldstein, Ph.D. (1961), History of Mathematics, Brown University, is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). He has written extensively on the history of astronomy, based mainly on texts in Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin.