The Solar System

  • Kenneth Eriksson
  • Claes Johnson
  • Donald Estep
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Abstract

There is talk of a new astrologer who wants to prove that the earth moves and goes around instead of the sky, the sun, the moon, just as if somebody were moving in a carriage or ship might hold that he was sitting still and at rest while the earth and the trees walked and moved. But that is how things are nowadays: when a man wishes to be clever he must needs invent something special, and the way he does it must needs be the best! The fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside-down. However, as Holy Scripture tells us, so did Joshua bid the sun to stand still and not the earth. (Sixteenth century reformist M. Luther in his table book Tischreden, in response to Copernicus’ pamphlet Commentariolus, 1514.)

Keywords

Mercury Lution Verse Century Reformist 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Eriksson
    • 1
  • Claes Johnson
    • 1
  • Donald Estep
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsChalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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