Thomas Digges

(c. 1546—1595) mathematician and member of parliament

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(c.1546–1595), English mathematician, the eldest son of Leonard Digges. After his father's death (1559), Thomas's education was entrusted to John Dee. Thomas Digges's first publication was his father's Pantometria (1571), as an appendix to which he published his own treatise A Mathematical Discourse of Geometrical Solids. In response to the appearance of the New Star of 1572 Digges wrote about astronomy and astronomical observation in Alae seu scalae mathematicae (1573); he concluded that the New Star was indeed a celestial phenomenon rather than a nearby meteorological event. Digges seems to have been inclined to believe in the Copernican system rather than standard geocentric astronomy.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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