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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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Huygens

Huygens

The Theoretical Voyage of the Cosmotheoros

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(p.95) * 4 * Huygens
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Fictions of the Cosmos
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.003.0005

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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