From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Forgotten Books)

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This is a study of the evolution of cosmology from antiquity to mid-20th century. Up to the renaissance the world was thought to be bounded by a distant but finite sphere, the empyrean heaven, beyond which must be the realm of the divine. As science started to discover the true nature of the stars, the planets, and the heavens, natural philosophers came up with new models of the universe. In the process they had to try to explain a number of very obvious everyday phenomena like gravity, force, and mass, and some not so intuitive, such as infinity and relative motion.

That the universe is immense is no longer controversial. The question of whether it is infinite depends on whether space has zero, negative or positive curvature, and that is still being tested. Now scientists are wondering whether there may be an infinity of universes. This is a great book if you are interested in the history of science, astronomy, or the 'big questions' of cosmology or ontology. (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

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Alexandre Koyre (1892 - 1964)
Alexandre Koyre (August 29, 1892, Taganrog - April 28, 1964, Paris), sometimes anglicised as Alexander Koire, was a French philosopher of Russian origin who wrote on history and the philosophy of science.

Koyre was born in the city of Taganrog on 29 August 1892 into a Russian family of Jewish origin. His original name was - Alexandr Vladimirovich Koyrakskiy. In Russia he studied in Tiflis and Odessa, before pursuing his studies abroad.

In Gottingen, Germany (1908-1911) he studied under Edmund Husserl and David Hilbert. Husserl did not approve of Koyre's dissertation, whereupon Koyre left for Paris, to study from 1912 under Bergson, Brunschvig, Lalande, Delbos and Picavet. After Husserl's Cartesian

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a radical change occurred in the patterns and 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 space - with significant and far-reaching consequences for human thought. Alexandre Koyre 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.

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Alexandre Koyré was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. His books include Discovering Plato and Newtonian Studies.

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