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Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle  

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(1657–1757)French man of letters, polymath and philosopher. Educated by Jesuits, he settled in Paris, where from 1699 he was permanent secretary of the Academy of Sciences, and as such a considerable ...
Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei  

(b. Pisa, 15 February 1564; d. Arcetri, Italy, 8 January 1642)Italian astronomer and natural philosopher, who was one of the earliest true experimental scientists. He constructed, but did not ...
heliocentric

heliocentric  

1 With the Sun at the centre, as in for example the heliocentric system of cosmology (see copernican system).2 As seen from the centre of the Sun, as in for example heliocentric coordinates.
Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant  

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(1724–1804).German philosopher. His Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764) and Critique of Judgement (1790) laid the foundations of much aesthetic theory, especially in ...
Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus  

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(Mikolaj Kopernik; 1473–1543) Polish astronomer,who studied mathematics and optics. By 1514 he had formulated his proposal that the planets, including the earth, orbit the sun in circular paths, ...
Ptolemaic system

Ptolemaic system  

The ancient Greek geocentric model of the Solar System, as described by Ptolemy. It may be traced back through the work of, for example, Hipparchus, Apollonius, Callippus, and Eudoxus. The Earth is ...
sun

sun  

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The central star (G spectral type) in the solar system, 696 000 km in radius, 333 000 × Earth mass, 1 300 000 × Earth volume, and with a mean density of 1410 kg/m3. The equator is inclined at 7.25° ...
Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe  

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(1546–1601),Danish astronomer. He built an observatory equipped with precision instruments, but despite demonstrating that comets follow sun-centred paths he adhered to a geocentric view of the ...

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