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Huygens

in Fictions of the Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780226011226
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226011240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.003.0005
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This chapter examines accounts of theoretical voyages in Dutch natural philosopher Christiaan Huygens' book Cosmotheoros. It explains that in the book Huygens portrayed a unified space of a harmonious cosmos in a narrative that is conjectural, but not fictional. This chapter also contends that Cosmotheoros is in a way philosophical treatise that offered a complete theory of the universe and suggests that it also offered “philosophical” demonstration of the existence of inhabitants on other planets.

Keywords: Christiaan Huygens; Cosmotheoros; theoretical voyages; philosophical treatise; theory of the universe; inhabitants on other planets

Chapter.  14836 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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