Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology

  • Patrick J. Boner

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 27)

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Astronomy Cosmology Early Modern Europe Philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick J. Boner
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of the History of Science andJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0037-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0036-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0037-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
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