By Pietro Daniel Omodeo
In Copernicus within the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance, Pietro Daniel Omodeo offers a common evaluate of the reception of Copernicus s astronomical inspiration from the years instantly previous the ebook of De revolutionibus (1543) to the Roman prohibition of heliocentric hypotheses in 1616. hoping on an in depth research of early sleek resources, the writer systematically examines a chain of matters starting from computation to epistemology, traditional philosophy, theology and ethics. as well as providing a pluralistic and interdisciplinary viewpoint on post-Copernican astronomy, the examine is going past basically cosmological and geometrical concerns and engages in a wide-ranging dialogue of ways Copernicus s legacy interacted with ecu tradition and the way his photo and theories advanced as a result."
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Münster, Cosmographia, f. 8v. A new edition of the Tractatus by Maciej of Miechów was included in Gryneus, Novus orbis. Cf. v. For the common mathematical interests, see Burmeister, Rhetikus, vol. 1, 98–99; for 18 chapter 1 Sebastian Münster’s and Widmanstadt’s cosmological doctrines grew out of an environment strongly characterized by Pythagoreanism and Oriental studies. This is also the case for the learned scholar Celio Calcagnini of Ferrara, Latin translator of Plutarch’s De Iside et Osiride (On Isis and Osiris), and a supporter of terrestrial motion in Quod Coelum stet, Terra autem moveatur (That the Heaven Stands Still whereas the Earth Moves).
Calcagnini’s essay on terrestrial motion was published posthumously by Hieronymus Froben in Opera aliquot (Selected Works, 1544). At that time the Swiss town of Basel was already prepared for cosmological novelties. It was a vibrant intellectual center, where the irenic humanism of Erasmus as well as the Reformation took root and the Copernican system and related cosmological and philosophical views were accepted favorably. Besides Sebastian Münster and Calcagnini, the humanist, geographer and astronomer Jacob Ziegler, who met Calcagnini in Hungary in 1517, also published an astronomical commentary on the second book of Pliny’s Natural history (issued by Heinrich Petri in Basel in 1531).
31 The Pontiff, who was a learned man of the family de’ Medici, welcomed the original ideas and presented the reporter a copy of Alexander of Aphrodisias’s De sensu et sensibili. 33 Münster had become a professor of theology in Basel in 1538 and collaborated with his stepson, the printer Heinrich Petri, who published the second edition of De Revolutionibus (1566). Sebastian Münster was the author of a map of the world displaying the motion of the Earth. It was printed in an anthology of exploration reports in the West as well as in the East, Novus Orbis (New World, 1532), collected by his colleague and friend Simon Grynaeus, professor of Greek at Basel.
Copernicus in the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance: Reception, Legacy, Transformation by Pietro Daniel Omodeo