Descartes, Fontenelle and Other Cartesians: Multiple Worlds from Vortex Power

  • Pierre Connes
  • James Lequeux
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


We shall totally exclude from our Philosophy the search for final causes, since we should not presume so much about ourselves as to believe that God was bound to make us privy to His councils…


Ancient Authors

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Historians and Modern Authors

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Connes
    • 1
  • James Lequeux
    • 2
  1. 1.OrsayFrance
  2. 2.AntonyFrance

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