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

Cohn, Tobias

Reference work entry

Alternate Names

 Cohen, Tobias;  Kohn, Tobias

BornMetz, Moselle, (France), 1652

DiedJerusalem, (Israel), 1729

Tobias Cohn studied medicine at the University of Padua. He practiced at first in Poland but eventually became the physician to five Ottoman sultans. His encyclopedic Maaseh Toviyyah (Venice, 1707) discusses Jewish theology, astronomy, medicine, hygiene, pharmacology, botany, and cosmography. Cohn rejected heliocentricism on religious grounds.

Selected Reference

  1. Efron, N. J. (1997). Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe. Journal of the History of Ideas 58: 719.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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