Article ID: CBB488225455

Otto von Guericke’s Cometary Theory in Stanisław Lubieniecki’s Correspondence (2020)

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Drawing on the results of his experiments with vacuum, Otto von Guericke put forward his own theory of comets. He explained this theory in his letters to Stanisław Lubieniecki who later published Guericke’s and his own letters in his Theatrum cometicum (1666–1668). Guericke also wrote about comets in his Experimenta nova (1672), simply reprinting the correspondence from Lubieniecki’s book. All subsequent studies of Guericke’s theory were based exclusively on letters written by Guericke. And yet it is Lubieniecki’s letters to Guericke which include comments and requests for more detailed explanations and elaboration of the theory, thereby casting important light on the overall scope of theory. Moreover, Lubieniecki’s correspondence with other scholars, printed in Theatrum cometicum, testifies to his efforts to disseminate Guericke’s theory and describes the reception of the theory. The present article offers a detailed account of Guericke’s theory of comets and draws attention to Lubieniecki’s work as an understudied source of knowledge about contemporary astronomical debates.

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Authors & Contributors
Boner, Patrick J.
Ruffner, J. A.
Mehl, Édouard
Galilei, Galileo
Guiducci, Mario
Bork, Alfred
Journals
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal for the History of Astronomy
American Journal of Physics
Giornale di Fisica
Quipu
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Publishers
Universitätsverlag Regensburg
Olschki
Hermann
Antenore
University of Pennsylvania Press
Concepts
Comets; meteors; meteorites
Astronomy
Cosmology
Natural philosophy
Astrology
Stars; stellar astronomy
People
Newton, Isaac
Galilei, Galileo
Kepler, Johannes
Borelli, Giovanni Alfonso
Polonio, Nicolas
Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Enlightenment
Renaissance
Places
Italy
Great Britain
Europe
Mexico
Germany
Portugal
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