By Dirk L. Couprie
In Miletus, approximately 550 B.C., including our world-picture cosmology used to be born. This ebook tells the tale. partly One the reader is brought within the archaic world-picture of a flat earth with the cupola of the celestial vault onto which the celestial our bodies are connected. one of many matters taken care of in that context is the riddle of the tilted celestial axis. This half additionally comprises an intensive bankruptcy on archaic astronomical instruments. Part Two shows how Anaximander (610-547 B.C.) blew up this archaic world-picture and changed it through a brand new one who is basically nonetheless ours. He taught that the celestial our bodies orbit at diversified distances and that the earth floats unsupported in area. This makes him the founder of cosmology. Part Three discusses themes that accomplished the hot picture described by means of Anaximander. distinctive realization is paid to the disagreement among Anaxagoras and Aristotle at the query no matter if the earth is flat or round, and at the battle between Aristotle and Heraclides Ponticus at the query even if the universe is finite or infinite.
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