By Lynn Thorndike
Lynn Thorndike's heritage of Magic and Experimental technological know-how, in eight volumes, remains to be the premiere reference paintings for the historical past of magic within the west. the 1st 2 volumes hide overdue antiquity during the thirteenth century, and volumes 3-4 hide the 14-15th century. those are robust volumes, copiously researched and well-indexed, and an enormous 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 background of both magic or experimental technology exists for this era, and huge use of manuscript fabric has been invaluable for the medieval interval. Magic is right here understood within the broadest experience of the be aware, as together with all occult arts and sciences, superstitions, and folk-lore.
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P. 108. For Fontana, T IV, 172 et seq. 18 It is one of 35 problems at pp. 118-27. 19 Sphaera mundi, pp. 250, 287, 292, 344. , p. 305. , p. 352. , p. " n Correspondence du P. Matin Mersenne, I (1932), 202, citing Bartolomeo Crescentio, Nautica Mediterranea, 1601. 21 22 For he is forced willy-nilly to attribute to the universe a huge and enormous center, including the three bodies, sun, moon and earth, and so capacious that it could embrace over a billion and a half billion of earths. Mulerius would be better pleased if Copernicus had left the earth at the center of the universe but had it revolve on its axis.
67 He would, however, restore the annual anomalies to the circle in which the sun appears to move. In his Astronomia Philolaica of 1645, Boulliau, like Biancani, dated the Latin translation of the Almagest under Frederick II, further dated Henri Bate of Malines about 1350, and made Dominicus Maria Novara the teacher alike of Peurbach and Regiomontanus, Walther, Werner and Copernicus. 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.
151 In conclusion there is not much that one can say for Francis Bacon. He was a crooked chancellor in a moral sense and a crooked naturalist in an intellectual and scientific sense. He did not think straight. Or put it in this way, if you prefer. Even a Lord High Chancellor, even a Francis Bacon, could not think straight when he thought as a naturalist and tried to amass "experiments" on the one hand and to grapple with magical tradition and superstition on the other hand. The path of magic and experimental science was no straight and narrow one; it was not true, and its course did not run smooth.
A History of Magic and Experimental Science vol.7 by Lynn Thorndike