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Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century

Author: Frédérique Aït-Touati; Susan Emanuel
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2011], ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By examining writings of Kepler, Godwin, Hooke, Cyrano, Cavendish, Fontenelle, and others, this title shows that it was through the telling of stories - such as accounts of celestial journeys - that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frédérique Aït-Touati; Susan Emanuel
ISBN: 9780226011226 0226011224
OCLC Number: 701330477
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: ix, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Cosmic imagination. Kepler sets the Earth in motion ; Genealogy of the dream: from ludus philosophicus to the game of fiction ; The dynamics of the voyage: a thought-experiment ; Vision in the voyage ; The place of fiction ; Godwin, Wilkins, Cyrano: from the optical voyage to the mechanical voyage ; The Man in the Moone ; A World in the Moon ; From heavens to the sky: Cyrano's other world ; Conclusions: dreams and fictions --
part 2. Conjectural machines. Fontenelle: unveiling the spectacle of the world ; Machine and spectacle ; Order of the narrative, harmony of the world ; Fontenelle's visions ; Huygens: the theoretical voyage of The Cosmotheoros ; Hypotheses, conjectures, fictions ; Architectonics of the narrative ; Conclusions: hypotheses and narratives --
part 3. Observing monsters. Robert Hooke: "the armed eye" ; Micrographia ; From enargeia to evidence ; Hooke the astronomer ; Poetics of proof ; Instruments and images ; Margaret Cavendish: the battle of instruments ; "A high heel to a short leg" ; A teratology of knowledge ; The empire of fiction.
Other Titles: Poétiques du discours cosmologique au XVIIe siècle.
Responsibility: Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel.

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