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Fictions of the Cosmos
Author: Frederique Ait-Touati

ISBN: 9780226011226
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30 September 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51 x 2.54
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In today’s academe, the fields of science and literature are considered unconnected, one relying on raw data and fact, the other focusing on fiction. During the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, however, the two fields were not so distinct. Just as the natural philosophers of the era were discovering in and adopting from literature new strategies and techniques for their discourse, so too were poets and storytellers finding inspiration in natural philosophy, particularly in astronomy.    ­      ­ A work that speaks to the history of science and literary studies, Fictions of the Cosmos explores the evolving relationship that ensued between fiction and astronomical authority. By examining writings of Kepler, Godwin, Hooke, Cyrano, Cavendish, Fontenelle, and others, Frdrique At-Touati shows that it was through the telling of stories—such as through accounts of celestial journeys—that the Copernican hypothesis, for example, found an ontological weight that its geometric models did not provide. At-Touati draws from both cosmological treatises and...

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