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From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Hideyo Noguchi Lecture)

by Alexandre Koyre

ISBN 0801803470 / 9780801803475 / 0-8018-0347-0
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a radical change occurred in the patterns and the framework of European thought. In the wake of discoveries through the telescope and Copernican theory, the notion of an ordered cosmos of "fixed stars" gave way to that of a universe infinite in both time and spacewith significant and far-reaching consequences for human thought. Alexandre Koyré interprets this revolution in terms of the change that occurred in our conception of the universe and our place in it and shows the primacy of this change in the development of the modern world.