Article ID: CBB001420834

Le “Tuyau” de Gerbert, ou la légende savante de l'astronome: origines, thèmes, échos contemporains (avec un appendice critique) (2013)


Gautier Dalché, Patrick (Author)

Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Volume: 21
Pages: 243--276

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Article in a special issue, “Mittelalterliche Legenden von Philosophen und Gelehrten / The Medieval Legends of Philosophers and Scholars”
Language: French

According to an erudite legend, Gerbert of Aurillac had carried some extraordinary scientific experiments.The roots of that legend can be traced back to the Middle Ages; however, it is not before the nineteenth century that the fame of an astronome well ahead of his time was revived in Auvergne. At that time, Gerbert was credited with the invention of a `pipe' considered as a predecessor of the telescope. That object gave him a considerable bibliographical fortune. The attribution of a De utilitatibus astrolabii to Gerbert offered by some twelfth and thirteenth century manuscripts can be considered as a part of the same trend aiming at justifying a universally acknowledged talent with the help of some precise and concrete data.Two recent examples concerning Gerbert's alleged connections with Arabic science make use of the `pipe' to foster the attribution of the De utilitatibus astrolabii.We can evaluate those studies with the help of the notion of `critical legend'. This oxymoron emphasize the idea that an old legend may still influence some modern theories apparently elaborated with the help of a rigorous scientific method.

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Authors & Contributors
Thomson, Rodney M.
Ricordel, Joëlle
Djebbar, Ahmed
Thomas Freudenhammer
Kwakkel, Erik
Ragab, Ahmed
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Journal of the History of Ideas
Cambridge University Press
Edizioni Cadmo
VECMAS, impr.
Aschendorffsche Verlagbuchhandlung
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Transmission of ideas
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Sylvester II, Pope
Abraham Ben Ezra
Sa'id ibn Ahmad, al-Andalusi
Qarāfī, Ahmad ibn Idrīs
Time Periods
13th century
12th century
14th century
11th century
15th century
Levant and Near East
Andalusia (Spain)
Mediterranean region
North Africa

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