Simon Marius and His Research

  • Hans Gaab
  • Pierre Leich

Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Arthur Octavius Prickard, Albert Van Helden
    Pages 1-53
  3. Dagmar L. Neuhäuser, Ralph Neuhäuser
    Pages 223-238
  4. Klaus Matthäus
    Pages 273-320
  5. Richard L. Kremer
    Pages 321-362
  6. Joachim Schlör
    Pages 371-385
  7. Albert Van Helden, Huib Zuidervaart
    Pages 413-416
  8. Thomas Müller
    Pages 437-447
  9. Rudolf Pausenberger
    Pages 449-454
  10. Olga Sinzev
    Pages 455-460
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 461-479

About this book


The margravial court astronomer Simon Marius, was involved in all of the new observations made with the recently invented telescope in the early part of the seventeenth century. He also discovered the Moons of Jupiter in January 1610, but lost the priority dispute with Galileo Galilei, because he missed to publish his findings in a timely manner.

The history of astronomy neglected Marius for a long time, finding only the apologists for the Copernican system worthy of attention. In contrast the papers presented on the occasion of the Simon Marius Anniversary Conference 2014, and collected in this volume, demonstrate that it is just this struggle to find the correct astronomical system that makes him particularly interesting. His research into comets, sunspots, the Moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus led him to abandon the Ptolemaic system and adopt the Tychonic one. He could not take the final step to heliocentricity but his rejection was based on empirical arguments of his time.

This volume presents a translation of the main work of Marius and shows the current state of historical research on Marius.


Simon Marius Moons of Jupiter Sunspots Comets Tychonic System Calendar Maker Mundus Iovialis Fuchs von Bimbach Copernican Revolution Astronomical system Observations of Jovian moons

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Gaab
    • 1
  • Pierre Leich
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Marius SocietyFürthGermany
  2. 2.Simon Marius SocietyNürnbergGermany

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