Archimedes

Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology

Editors: Bonner, Patrick (Ed.)

  • Features articles that challenge our historical view of science in new ways
  • Provides the most comprehensive historical study of the new stars of 1572 and 1604
  • Contributes a superior understanding of the role of astrology in early modern science
  • Surveys the history of science in Spain and other neglected countries
  • Includes the definitive account of the discovery of the first variable star, Mira Ceti
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Viewed as a flashpoint of the Scientific Revolution, early modern astronomy witnessed a virtual explosion of ideas about the nature and structure of the world. This study explores these theories in a variety of intellectual settings, challenging our view of modern science as a straightforward successor to Aristotelian natural philosophy. It shows how astronomers dealt with celestial novelties by deploying old ideas in new ways and identifying more subtle notions of cosmic rationality. Beginning with the celestial spheres of Peurbach and ending with the evolutionary implications of the new star Mira Ceti, it surveys a pivotal phase in our understanding of the universe as a place of constant change that confirmed deeper patterns of cosmic order and stability.

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“This collection of essays, originally written for a conference held at Johns Hopkins in 2009 … . ‘New stars’ have long captured the attention of historians, but to my knowledge this is the first set of studies to focus on how early modern astronomers dealt with new stars from 1572 to the late seventeenth century. … A particular strength of this volume is its expansion beyond Kepler and Galileo to the larger communities engaged in astronomical and mathematical pursuits.” (Richard Oosterhoff, British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 45 (3), September, 2012)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boner, Patrick J.

    Pages 1-6

  • The Reality of Peurbach’s Orbs: Cosmological Continuity in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Astronomy

    Barker, Peter

    Pages 7-32

  • Continuity and Change in Cosmological Ideas in Spain Between the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: The Impact of Celestial Novelties

    Navarro Brotóns, Víctor

    Pages 33-50

  • Cornelius Gemma and the New Star of 1572

    Tessicini, Dario

    Pages 51-65

  • Johannes Kepler and David Fabricius: Their Discussion on the Nova of 1604

    Granada, Miguel A.

    Pages 67-92

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3437-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology
Editors
  • Patrick Bonner
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0037-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0037-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0036-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3437-1
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 181
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