Ptolemaic view of the world takes hold in Europe. This has a new physical representation of the world, and a new way to map the planet that is more precise that before.Ptolemy was an ancient astronomer, geographer, and mathematician who considered the Earth the center of the universe. As a geographer, Ptolemy's reputation rests mainly on his Geographike hyphegesis (Guide to Geography), which was divided into eight books; it included information on how to construct maps and lists of places in Europe, Africa, and Asia. tabulated according to latitude and longitude. Thought circumfrance was 30 percent smaller than it actually is.