Boulliau, Mercator, and Horrocks's “Venus in Sole Visa”: Three Unpublished Letters

@article{Applebaum1983BoulliauMA,
  title={Boulliau, Mercator, and Horrocks's “Venus in Sole Visa”: Three Unpublished Letters},
  author={Wilbur Applebaum and Robert Alan Hatch},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={1983},
  volume={14},
  pages={166 - 179}
}
Ismael Boulliau, Nicolaus Mercator, Jeremiah Horrocks: this rare conjunction of post-Keplerian astronomers occurs in a brief exchange of letters in 1659 and early 1660. Three letters exchanged between Boulliau and Mercator, concerning the famous transit observation of Horrocks, symbolically link three distinct phases of post-Keplerian thought. Each astronomer made significant, but distinctive, contributions to the acceptance, modification, and transmission of Keplerian planetary theory. Best… 
2 Citations

Figures from this paper

Kepler's hypothesis vicaria
  • Y. Maeyama
  • Physics
    Archive for History of Exact Sciences
  • 1990
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 1. Kepler's hypothesis vicaria (1609) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 2. Mercator's hypothesis nova (1664)

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 33 REFERENCES
The first draft-Flamsteed 76, f. 8-and the Hevelius edition, 115, have 14'24". The 14'25" of Horrocks's second draft, however, is repeated in his record of the observation (Opera posthuma
    Samuel Karl Kechel it Hollenstein (b. 1611) lived at Leiden after 1632. He made many observations, some of which found their way to Boulliau
      vols. xiii, xxxvi, cxiv of Remains, historical and literary, connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancashire and Chester (Manchester, 1847, 1855, 1886), cxiv, 366. The name of Horrocks
        Blaise Francois de Pagan, La Theorie des planetes
          Chiefly through his Astronomia Philolaica (Paris, 1645) and Astronomia Philolaica fundamenta clarius explicata
            Boulliau's own record of the eclipse has its beginning at 13 h57m4()s and ending at 16 h38 m (Pingre
              This is in close agreement with Horrocks's calculation that, according to the Rudolphine tables
              • Pars prima, in luminarium motibus & eclipsibus ex Tabulis Daniels Christiani S. Longomontani, in reliquis planetis ex Tabulis Rudolphinis . . . (Szczecin, 1634)
              at the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Bibliotheque de 1'0bservatoire, and elsewhere. For published examples see Boulliau to Huygens
              • An inventory
              ...
              ...