Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.
Edwin Arthur Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1924)
We consider it a good principle to explain the phenomena by the simplest hypothesis possible.Ptolemy
Everything that is hard to attain is easily assailed by the generality of men.Ptolemy
Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time.Ptolemy
The length of life takes the leading place among inquiries about events following birth.Ptolemy