From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Hideyo by Alexandre Koyre

By Alexandre Koyre

During the 16th and 17th centuries an intensive switch happened within the styles and the framework of ecu proposal. within the wake of discoveries throughout the telescope and Copernican conception, the idea of an ordered cosmos of "fixed stars" gave strategy to that of a universe endless in either time and space—with major and far-reaching outcomes for human inspiration. Alexandre Koyré translates this revolution when it comes to the switch that happened in our notion of the universe and our position in it and exhibits the primacy of this alteration within the improvement of the fashionable world.

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In this case would have to be If the region of the fixed stars were everywhere similarly set with stars, even in the vicinity of our movable world, so that the region of our world and of our sun had no peculiar outline compared to the other regions, then only a few enormous fixed stars would be seen by us, and not more than twelve (the number of the angles of the icosa­ hedron) could be at the same distance from us and of the same [visible] magnitude; the following ones would be scarcely more numerous, yet they would be twice as distant .

I have j ust pointed out that Kepler's discussion of the astronomical data that enabled . him to assert the par­ ticular, unique structure of our site in the world-space was based on the assumption of the equidistance - from us 64 other, they will not appear as big as we have calculated ? Or couldn't we go even f arther and admit that our funda­ mental assumption could , possibly, be incorrect and that stars which appear to be near each other could, in point of fact, be separated by an enormous distance, the one being near us and the o ther exceedingly far away?

Consequently if the distance is infinite, the diameter of the star will be the thousandth part of the infinite. But all the aliquot parts of the infinite are infinite. Yet at the same time it will be finite, because it has a form : all form is circumscribed by certain b ounds, that is, [all form] is finite or limited. But we have given it a form when we have posited it as visible under a certain angle. The impossibility of a visible star's being at an infinite distance thus denl0nstrated, there remains the case of an invisible one .

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