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De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period

The Authors of the Commentaries

Editors: Valleriani, Matteo (Ed.)

  • Explores commentaries on a key text of pre-Copernican astronomy
  • Examines the educational and social backgrounds of key writers
  • Considers the agenda each writer had and whether they accomplished it
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About this book

This open access book explores commentaries on an influential text of pre-Copernican astronomy in Europe. It features essays that take a close look at key intellectuals and how they engaged with the main ideas of this qualitative introduction to geocentric cosmology.

Johannes de Sacrobosco compiled his Tractatus de sphaera during the thirteenth century in the frame of his teaching activities at the then recently founded University of Paris. It soon became a mandatory text all over Europe. As a result, a tradition of commentaries to the text was soon established and flourished until the second half of the 17th century. Here, readers will find an informative overview of these commentaries complete with a rich context. The essays explore the educational and social backgrounds of the writers. They also detail how their careers developed after the publication of their commentaries, the institutions and patrons they were affiliated with, what their agenda was, and whether and how they actually accomplished it.

The editor of this collection considers these scientific commentaries as genuine scientific works. The contributors investigate them here not only in reference to the work on which it comments but also, and especially, as independent scientific contributions that are socially, institutionally, and intellectually contextualized around their authors.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Matteo Valleriani is research group leader of Department I at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and Honorary Professor at the Technische Universität of Berlin. He investigates the relation between diffusion processes of scientific knowledge, practical and technological knowledge as well as their economic and political preconditions. In particular, his research focuses on the Hellenistic period, the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Times. Among his principal research endeavors, Matteo Valleriani, leads the project “The Sphere. Knowledge System Evolution and the Shared Scientific Identity of Europe” (https://sphaera.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de), which investigates the formation and evolution of the shared scientific identity in Europe between the 13th and the 17th century.

Among his publications, Matteo Valleriani is author of the book Galileo Engineer (Springer Dordrecht 2010) and Editor of The Structures of Practical Knowledge (Springer Dordrecht 2017).

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30833-9
  • The ebook is not yet available online.
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 17, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30832-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period
Book Subtitle
The Authors of the Commentaries
Editors
  • Matteo Valleriani
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30833-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30833-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30832-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 388
Number of Illustrations
54 b/w illustrations
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