Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Flow and Ebb in Renaissance Science

  • Ovanes AkopyanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_64-1


During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the origin of tidal motions was hotly debated in various intellectual circles. The entry examines how in the early modern period the astrological interpretations of the phenomenon first put forth in the writings of Persian astrologer Abu Ma’shar were challenged; this, in turn, opened the door for a variety of other natural philosophical interpretations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen, Bereich Gräzistik und LatinistikLeopold-Franzens-Universität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Matteo Valleriani
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany