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Appendix VI. Excursus On Transmission

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Excursus on transmission is a difficult subject to discuss. This chapter emphasizes that even a highly likely hypothesis is still just that until the missing link is found, and that in the meantime we ought to entertain other possible hypotheses. What follows is less a fully articulated hypothesis than a series of observations and questions that suggest how certain problems may have inspired solutions that were similar, so similar in fact that it did not seem possible that they could have been discovered independently. The chapter studies the principal sections of Oresmes text, exploring whether any heavenly body moves in a circle. In answer, three elegant conclusions are proposed. It is possible for a planet to move perpetually according to its own nature with a rectilinear motion composed of several circular motions. This excursus concludes with some consideration of Dobrzycki's and Kremer's comment on di Bono's argument.

Keywords: Dobrzycki; excursus on transmission; Kremer; Oresme



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