A Paradox and Its Aftermath

  • Eli Maor


The scientific community was not the only one to rejoice in the expanding horizons. Philosophers and authors, naturalists and poets—their imagination fired by the new vistas that the telescope has opened before them—now set to work to describe the new cosmology. Indeed, their imagination carried them to realms which even the most powerful telescope could not reach. Echoing Bruno, the English philosopher and poet Henry More (1614–1687) wrote his version of the plurality of worlds:

The Centre of each sever all world’s a Sunne…

About whose radiant crown the Planets runne,

Like reeling moths around a candle light;

These all together, one world, I conceit,

And that even infinite such worlds there be,

That inexhausted Good that God is hight,

A full sufficient reason is to me.


Solar System Proper Motion Isotropic Universe Major Planet Distant Star 
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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli Maor
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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