The Wittich Connection: Conflict and Priority in Late Sixteenth-century Cosmology

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American Philosophical Society, 1988 - Science - 148 pages
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Page 61 - A Sketch of the Life of Dr. Duncan Liddel, of Aberdeen, Professor of Mathematics and of Medicine in the University of Helmstadt,(born 1561, died 1618,) (by Prof.
Page 64 - ... system, he says:32 Nevertheless I am also not unaware that if anybody believed the center of the annual revolution to be stationary as the center of the universe, while the sun moved with two motions similar and equal to those which I explained in connection with the center of the eccentric [III, 20], all the phenomena would appear as before - the same figures and the same proof. Nothing would be changed in them, especially the phenomena pertaining to the sun, except the position. For then the...
Page 22 - ... sister, already advanced in age, celebrated her second marriage, of which the result was that the newlywed died after sixty days. She left one son as her heir, for whom legitimate guardians have not yet been appointed. When this is taken care of, I shall see whether anything can be done with them...
Page 17 - ... Brahe and Hayek had become friends when they met at the coronation of Rudolph II at Regensburg on i November 1575, their efforts to communicate with each other were ineffective until the summer of 1580, when Hayek's letter recommending Wittich to Brahe was brought to Tycho in person by Wittich. "But when he had stayed with me a little over a quarter of a year and thought he had already acquired enough of what he wanted, he alleged that his uncle in Wroclaw had died, whose legacy would bring him...
Page 42 - For all these phenomena appear to be linked most nobly together, as by a golden chain; and each of the planets, by its position and order and very inequality of its motion, bears witness that the earth moves...
Page 26 - ... facsimile. In the University Library there is a more important MS., containing on twenty leaves a short text-book on trigonometry, dated 1591. This was published in 1886 in photolithographic facsimile by Dr. Studnicka, who is exceedingly irritated with the writer of this review for having ventured to say that "Tycho has written his name under the title of the MS., but the handwriting of the remainder does not seem to be his.
Page 64 - the sun occupies the middle of the universe', but a little later in Chap. 10, he says that 'near the sun is the centre of the universe', which he here appears to identify with the centre of the orbis magnus . Later, in discussing the details of this theory of the earth-sun system, he says:32 Nevertheless I am also not unaware that if anybody believed the center of the annual revolution to be stationary as the center of the universe, while the sun moved with two motions similar and equal to those...
Page 21 - Wroclaw, to negotiate with her in my name so that all the library and papers can be had at a fair price. I promise that I will send the money promptly, for I do not want to do anything that would cause those priceless books of that distinguished mathematician to be lost or come into the hands of people who do not value them. I especially want his Copernicus and what he wrote on trigonometry, and also other manuscripts (if any).
Page 42 - Why did Copernicus' Research Program supersede Ptolemy's?', in Robert S.
Page 13 - Vitae professorum philosophiae qui a condita academia altorfina ad hunc usque diem claruerunt (Nuremberg and Altdorf, 1728; bound with G. G.

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