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Copernicus and Fracastoro: the dedicatory letters to Pope Paul III, the history of astronomy, and the quest for patronage
Abstract Copernicus’s De revolutionibus (1543) and Girolamo Fracastoro’s Homocentrica (1538) were both addressed to Pope Paul III (1534–1549). Their dedicatory letters represent a rhetorical exerciseExpand
Aristotle, Copernicus, Bruno: centrality, the principle of movement and the extension of the Universe
Abstract This paper 1 studies the different conceptions of both centrality and the principle or starting point of motion in the Universe held by Aristotle and later on by Copernicanism until KeplerExpand
Essay Review: Planetary Order in the Long Sixteenth Century, the Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order
PLANETARY ORDER IN THE LONG SIXTEENTH CENTURY The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order. Robert S. Westman (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2011). Pp. xiv + 681. $95/£65.Expand
Did Tycho Eliminate the Celestial Spheres before 1586?
Until about 25 years ago, it was almost universally accepted that from Antiquity until the end of the sixteenth century, or at least from the near-hegemonic establishment of Aristotelianism in theExpand
Kepler v. Roeslin on the Interpretation of Kepler's Nova: (1) 1604–1606
The cosmological ideas that Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) embodied in Mysterium cosmographicum (1596) met with considerable resistance; but his ability indeed his genius as a mathematician wasExpand
After the Nova of 1604: Roeslin and Kepler's Discussion on the Significance of the Celestial Novelties (1607–1613)
War ist/ wie Kepplerus sagt/ das wir offt prognostisirn/ was wir wünschen und gern hetten/ so werden wir auch in diesem offt betrogen/ wenn wir die sachen schon erkendt/ die geschehen sollen das wirExpand
Michael Maestlin and the New Star of 1572
The nova of 1572 in the constellation of Cassiopeia was the first galactic supernova observed in Europe. It appeared at a crucial moment in Western history, when criticism of Aristotelian cosmologyExpand