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Rupe nigra: Mercator and magnetism

  title={Rupe nigra: Mercator and magnetism},
  author={G. Mangani},
  • G. Mangani
  • Published 2015
  • In the 1574 protrait of Mercator by Frans Hogenberg, Mercator aged, sixty two, is portrayed as “the man of magnetic declination”. He underlines in this way his continued, life-long interest in the subject. Magnetism was, in fact, not only a scientific and technical argument useful for navigation; it also symbolized Mercator’s cosmological principle of harmonia mundi. This work underlines Franciscus Monachus’s probable role in training young Mercator in ermetic studies, then shared with John Dee… CONTINUE READING


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