This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the place and role of fiction in the cosmological discourse in the seventeenth century. This volume is divided in three sections. The first section studies the articulation of fiction and theoretical knowledge in tales of lunar voyages by Johannes Kepler, Francis Godwin, John Wilkins, and Cyrano de Bergerac, the second discusses the relationship between fiction and scientific hypothesis by turning to the strategies used to construct “machines of conjecture” in order to describe the universe, and the third looks at textual and pictorial techniques established by Robert Hooke in the fields of microscopy and astronomy.
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