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Fictions of the Cosmos: Science and Literature in the Seventeenth Century

Frederique Ait-Touati


In today's academe, the fields of science and literature are considered unconnected, one relying on raw data and fact, the other focusing on fiction. During the period between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, however, the two fields were not so distinct. Just as the natural philosophers of the era were discovering in and adopting from literature new strategies and techniques for their discourse, so too were poets and storytellers finding inspiration in natural philosophy, particularly in astronomy. This book explores the evolving relationship that ensued between fiction and astronomical ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, Enlightenment, natural philosophy, astronomy, Kepler, Godwin, Hooke, Cyrano, Cavendish, Fontenelle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226011226
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226011240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederique Ait-Touati, author