Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji

Astronomer, Deceased Person

– 1204

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Who was Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji?

Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji was an astronomer and a Qadi from Al-Andalus. Despite his limited knowledge of Ptolemy's Almagest, al-Biṭrūjī was the first astronomer after Ptolomy to present a non-Ptolemaic astronomical system as an alternative to Ptolemy's models. Another original aspect of his system was that he proposed a physical cause of celestial motions.

The crater Alpetragius on the Moon is named after him.

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Also known as
  • Alpetragius
Religion
  • Islam
Nationality
  • Morocco
Profession
Died
1204

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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