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Harmonikale Kosmologie: Johannes Kepler und Athanasius Kircher; Harmonical cosmology: Johannes Kepler and Athanasius Kircher. (2011)


The connection between musical theory and astronomy is an aspect of Pythagorean cosmology, which still played a role in the 17th century, and was advanced at that time in very different ways: while Johannes Kepler conceives a proper geometrical system of harmonics and tries to connect it with accurate astronomical data, Athanasius Kircher, harshly criticising Kepler's ideas, sets a qualitative system against it, which is based on analogies. The reason for this discrepancy is not only found in the basically different systems of harmonics of both researchers, but also in the different positions that were taken by both within the controversy about the heliocentric system of the world.

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Authors & Contributors
Knobloch, Eberhard
Bianchi, Eric
Siebert, Harald
Roudet, Nicolas
Rothman, Aviva Tova
Restle, Conny
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Yale University
Les Belles Lettres
Princeton University
Harmony (music theory)
Music theory
Kepler, Johannes
Kircher, Athanasius
Fludd, Robert
Mersenne, Marin
Harvey, William
Zarlino, Gioseffo
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
15th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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