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Publication Detail
'Copernicus's Doctrine of Gravity and Natural Elemental Motion',
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Knox D
  • Publisher:
    The Warburg Institute (as above)
  • Publication date:
  • Pagination:
    157, 211
  • Journal:
    Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
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  • Addresses:
    The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
A detailed study, the first of its kind, of Copernicus's doctrine of gravity. Copernicus used a Neoplatonic definition that he found in the Suda, a Byzantine lexicon; unbeknown to him the definition was a quotation from the sixth-century Platonist John Philopponus. Copernicus supplemented this account with a Stoic interpretation of the cosmic role of gravity, derived from his reading of Pliny and Cicero.
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