Jean-Pierre Luminet
Jean-Pierre Luminet
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The Provençal Humanists and Copernicus | Jean-Pierre Luminet | Inference

The Provençal Humanists and Copernicus | Jean-Pierre Luminet | Inference

Nicolaus Copernicus wrote De revolutionibus orbium cœlestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) over the course of many years, but the book was published following his death. With this book, historians believe, one sees the origin of a distinctively modern vision of the universe. The radical ideas presented in De revolutionibus first appeared in a brief manuscript, the Commentariolus, published some three decades earlier, but with a circulation limited to a small group of intellectuals.Claudius Ptolemy’s Almagest had since the second century CE been the apotheosis of Greek...

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Homage to Quietanus | Jacques Mertzeisen & Jean-Pierre Luminet | Inference

Homage to Quietanus | Jacques Mertzeisen & Jean-Pierre Luminet | Inference

One of the stops toward the southern end of the route des vins d’Alsace is the picturesque town of Rouffach, located roughly halfway between Colmar and Mulhouse. The vineyards where the grand cru Vorbourg is produced lie to the east of Rouffach amid the rolling foothills of the Vosges mountains. To the east is the Rhine plain and, on a clear day, visible in the distance beyond, the Schwarzwald. A former convent, L’église des Récollets dédiés à sainte Catherine d’Alexandrie, can be found near the ramparts at the southern end of Rouffach’s old town. Originally constructed between 1280 and...

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