Gans, DAVID BEN SOLOMON (1541–1613)
Title: Nehmad ve-Na'im ("Delightful and Pleasant,")
Jesnitz, 1743. First and only edition, very rare. Text is in Hebrew. Condition: original half-cloth binding, a few worm holes to title page and first couple of pages, some browning to pages throughout, otherwise it is in good condition. This book includes the rare Latin introduction in the back of the book, but the pages have some worming which has been repaired.
As an extra Andre Neher’s study of Gans: ‘Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century – David Gans (1541 – 1613) and his times’, Hardcover, Oxford, 1986 is included in the price.
Price 13800 DKK - 2200 USD
“GANS, DAVID BEN SOLOMON (1541–1613), chronicler, astronomer, and mathematician. Gans studied rabbinics and kabbalah with Reuben Fulda in Bonn; Eliezer Treves in Frankfort; Moses Isserles in Cracow; and Judah Loew (the Maharal) in Prague. Encouraged, so it is said, by Isserles, he devoted himself to the study of mathematics and astronomy. Gans was one of the few German Jews of his time, when rabbinics ruled supreme, to undertake serious secular studies for which he found and quoted older Jewish authorities. In Prague he corresponded with the astronomer Johann Mueller (Regiomontanus) and was in friendly contact with Johann Kepler and Tycho Brahe, for whom he translated the Alfonsine Tables from Hebrew into German.
Gans's main astronomical (and also geographical) work was Nehmad ve-Na'im ("Delightful and Pleasant," Jesnitz, 1743; in which he rejects the new Copernican system in favor of Ptolemy's, the former going back (according to Gans) to the Pythagorean system. Astronomy (and mathematics)—he held—was first studied by Jews from whom the Egyptians had learned the science, passing it on to the Greeks. Ptolemy had studied with Alexandrian Jewish scholars. The study of astronomy was important not only for the Jewish calendar but as proof for the cultural achievements of the Jewish people.” Enc. Judaica
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