Heraclides and Heliocentrism: Texts, Diagrams, and Interpretations

  title={Heraclides and Heliocentrism: Texts, Diagrams, and Interpretations},
  author={Bruce Stansfield Eastwood},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={233 - 260}
  • B. Eastwood
  • Published 1 November 1992
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
For over a century Heraclides of Pontus (4th century B.C.) has stood with Aristarchus of Samos (3rd century B.C.) as one of the ancient precursors of Copernicus. Heraclides is supposed to have advanced not only a hypothesis that the Earth rotates on its axis once a day but also the idea that the Sun as easily as the Earth may be a centre of planetary motion. There is, however, a very simple historical difficulty with this widely assumed view of Heraclides's planetary doctrines. Whereas… 

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