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By Luther Pfahler Eisenhart

Created particularly for graduate scholars by means of a number one author on arithmetic, this advent to the geometry of curves and surfaces concentrates on difficulties that scholars will locate such a lot valuable.

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As a result, before Galileo's Sidereus nuncius appeared in 1610, only a handful of astronomers accepted Copernicus's arguments that the earth actually orbits the sun and not vice versa. 31 Nevertheless, Clavius has, now and then, been belittled by shortsighted evaluations. Jean-Baptiste Joseph Delambre was especially severe, remarking, "His commentaries themselves show that if Clavius was more of a scholar and mathematician than the English monk [Sacrobosco], he was not really more of an astronomer-he performed no observations nor theoretical research.

Between Copernicus and Galileo : Christoph Clavius and the Collapse of Ptolemaic Cosmology Account: ns148561 Copyright © 1994. University of Chicago Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. CLAVIUS'S ASTRONOMICAL WORK AND LIFE 13 Figure 3. The town of Bamberg. The cathedral complex is at left, just above center. From J. H. Lochner, Geographische BUder Lust von Deutschland (Nuremberg, 1750) . Photograph courtesy of the University of WisconsinMadison Memorial Library. The Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie 38 states that Clavius's original Gennan name was Schliissel, apparently reasoning that he took the Latin fonn as a play on the Latin word " clavis" (key).

88 His status as a scriptor, freed from teaching duties as one of the Society's privileged writers, indicates the importance and prestige that the Society of Jesus associated with Clavius' s name and work. Though he did not teach in his later years, his correspondence, publications, and other records make it clear that Clavius remained active in the intellectual life of the Collegio Romano up until a few months before his death in February 1612. Clavius' s fame made him part of the circuit toured by important visitors to Rome.

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