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Fictions of the CosmosScience and Literature in the Seventeenth Century$
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Frederique Ait-Touati

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226011226

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.001.0001

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The Theoretical Voyage of the Cosmotheoros

(p.95) * 4 * Huygens
Fictions of the Cosmos
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines accounts of theoretical voyages in Dutch natural philosopher Christiaan Huygens' book Cosmotheoros. It explains that in the book Huygens portrayed a unified space of a harmonious cosmos in a narrative that is conjectural, but not fictional. This chapter also contends that Cosmotheoros is in a way philosophical treatise that offered a complete theory of the universe and suggests that it also offered “philosophical” demonstration of the existence of inhabitants on other planets.

Keywords:   Christiaan Huygens, Cosmotheoros, theoretical voyages, philosophical treatise, theory of the universe, inhabitants on other planets

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