Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Scottus Eriugena, Johannes

Reference work entry

Alternate Names

 Scottus Eriugena, John;  Scotus Eriugena, Johannes;  Scotus Eriugena, John

Flourished(France), ninth century

Johannes Scottus Eriugena was a scholar of the Carolingian Renaissance. His most famous astronomical work is a commentary on that of  Martianus Capella. The claim that Eriugena’s model of the Sun, stars, and planets anticipates the Tychonic system is controversial.

Selected Reference

  1. Eastwood, Bruce S. (2001). “Johannes Scottus Eriugena, Sun-centred Planets, and Carolingian Astronomy.” Journal for the History of Astronomy 32: 281–324.ADSMathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA