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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

was generally considered the province of natural philosophers or theologians. This allowed purely qualitative descriptions. The planetary system, which seemed to be a very large component of the universe, was believed to consist of a series of planetary orbs, each composed of several mainly hollow spheres rolling against one another. The outer surface of the orb has the form of a spherical shell, centred on the earth. Pictures of the internal structure of orbs are provided in textbooks, such as that of ... ...

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