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Tycho Brahe, Caspar Peucer, And Christoph Rothmann On Cosmology And The Bible

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Tycho Brahe, Caspar Peucer, and Christoph Rothmann entered into discussion on cosmology and the Bible in 1588?89 as a direct consequence of the publication of Brahe?s geoheliocentric world system in the eighth chapter of his De mundi aetherei recentioribus phaenomenis (1588). Aristotelian physical theory, generally accepted at the time, and Scripture in its literal reading, proved complementary for the rejection of Copernican principles. Contrary to Rothmann, Brahe was not obliged to adopt a radical version of the accommodation theory, because his cosmological tenets? first, the immobility of Earth in the center of a finite cosmos, and second, a fluid heavens without solid spheres?were held not to be in contrast with Scripture. In 1588 Peucer wrote to Brahe through the intermediary Henricus Ranzovius (Rantzau), Royal Governor of Holstein, who had previously sent to him an excerpt of Brahe?s cosmological system.

Keywords: Bible; Caspar Peucer; Christoph Rothmann; cosmology; Scripture; Tycho Brahe



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