A Critique of the Arguments for Maragha Influence on Copernicus

  title={A Critique of the Arguments for Maragha Influence on Copernicus},
  author={Viktor Bl{\aa}sj{\"o}},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={183 - 195}
  • Viktor Blåsjö
  • Published 2014
  • Mathematics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)1. IntroductionCopernicus's planetary models exhibit some striking similarities to those of late medieval Islamic astronomers. On this basis many have concluded that he must have been influenced by them.1 We claim that no good evidence for this inference exists. Certainly there is no direct trace of it in the documentary record: the sources Copernicus supposedly copied from are not cited by him or any of his European contemporaries - despite the fact… Expand
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