A History of Magic and Experimental Science vol.7 by Lynn Thorndike PDF


By Lynn Thorndike

ISBN-10: 0231088000

ISBN-13: 9780231088008

Lynn Thorndike's historical past of Magic and Experimental technological know-how, in eight volumes, continues to be the finest reference paintings for the background of magic within the west. the 1st 2 volumes hide overdue antiquity throughout the thirteenth century, and volumes 3-4 conceal the 14-15th century. those are powerful volumes, copiously researched and well-indexed, and an important resource for paintings at the interval. however it is the final four volumes which are the center of the work.

No enough survey of the historical past of both magic or experimental technology exists for this era, and enormous use of manuscript fabric has been beneficial for the medieval interval. Magic is right here understood within the broadest experience of the note, as together with all occult arts and sciences, superstitions, and folk-lore.

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However, he praised Kepler's hypotheses, except that rejection of real mean motion 53 THEIR CONTEMPORARIES THEIR CONTEMPORARIES De vero systemate mundi dissertatio mathematica qua Copernici systema mundi reformatur sublatis interim infinitis pene orbibus quibus in systemate Ptolemaico humana mens distrahitur, Amstelodami, Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1643, 173 pp. I offended him. He also accepted the Rudolfine Tables for the most part but had showed by most certain observations that the orbit of Mercury was more contracted.

ASTROLOGY TO 1650 99 of Antonio Torquato47 to Matthias of Hungary in 1480; a trans¬ lation into French of a previous translation by a German into Latin from Turkish; and a prayer extracted from Hippolytus. 52 Similar circumstances and considerations moved Urban VIII, pope from 1623 to 1644, to issue a new bull against astrology. Fa¬ ther Morandi, as a result of astrological calculations and the fact that the pope would be in his sixty-third year or grand climacteric then, came to the conclusion that Urban would die in 1630.

ENGLAND In England, in the opening year of the century, John Chamber pub¬ lished A Treatise against Judicial Astrologies Chamber remarked that astrological superstition had been long tolerated, but held that it was inconsistent with Christianity. He further objected that the number of stars was not known nor the exact time of birth, and that casters of nativities hesitated whether to rely on the latter or the hour of conception. He disapproved of applying astrological rules and prediction to man alone, taking no cognizance of the belief which was almost universal then that man is a microcosm, whereas other animals are not.

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