Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

2011 Edition
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Peter of Maricourt

  • José-Luis Rivera
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9729-4_387

Abstract

Petrus Peregrinus de Maharncuria (Peter of Maricourt, Pierre Peregrin, or Pierre de Maricourt) was a French scientist, the author of a Letter on the Magnet (Epistula de magnete ad Sigerium de Foucaucourt), a short, systematic treatise on the properties and uses of lodestone (magnetite), and a New Construction of a Peculiar Astrolabe (Nova compositio astrolabii particularis). De magnete includes a reference to an apparently lost treatise On the Properties of Mirrors (De operibus speculorum, cf. De magnete II.2, 353). Due to the precision of his work, Maricourt may be considered one of the earliest scientists in the Latin West.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José-Luis Rivera
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  1. 1.Escuela de FilosofiaUniversidad PanamericanaMexico CityMexico