The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLV — The Renaissance Mathematicus

The problem of an empirical proof of heliocentricity would occupy astronomers for the next couple of centuries following the publication of Newton’s Principia; the general acceptance of heliocentricity had now been achieved, but people very much wanted concrete assurance of its truth. The Principia actually contained a theoretical proof. Newton showed, assuming the law of […]

The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part XLV — The Renaissance Mathematicus