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Introduction

in On Sunspots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226707150
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226707174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226707174.003.0001
Introduction

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This introduction discusses the theme of this volume which is about the conflict between Galileo and Christoph Scheiner on the nature and location of sunspots. It explains that the conflict had preoccupied European astronomers and philosophers for over a century. Galileo's interpretation of sunspots prevailed over those of his opponents and he inspired Scheiner to conduct an extended research published as Rosa Ursina in 1863. Based on his research Scheiner also later published Prodromus pro Sole Mobili to refute Galileo's argument for the motion of the Earth on the basis of the motions of sunspots.

Keywords: sunspots; Galileo; Christoph Scheiner; European astronomers; European philosophers; Rosa Ursina; motion of the earth; Prodromus pro Sole Mobili

Chapter.  2796 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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