Hegel and the Seven Planets

@article{Craig1992HegelAT,
  title={Hegel and the Seven Planets},
  author={Edward Craig and Michael A. Hoskin},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={1992},
  volume={23},
  pages={208 - 210}
}
  • E. Craig, M. Hoskin
  • Published 1 August 1992
  • Physics, Geology
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
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