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The Resource Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century, Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel

Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century, Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel

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Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century
Title
Fictions of the cosmos
Title remainder
science and literature in the seventeenth century
Statement of responsibility
Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"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. A work that speaks to the history of science and literary studies, Fictions of the Cosmos explores the evolving relationship that ensued between fiction and astronomical authority. By examining writings of Kepler, Godwin, Hooke, Cyrano, Cavendish, Fontenelle, and others, Frédérique Aït-Touati shows that it was through the telling of stories--such as through accounts of celestial journeys--that the Copernican hypothesis, for example, found an ontological weight that its geometric models did not provide. Aït-Touati draws from both cosmological treatises and fictions of travel and knowledge, as well as personal correspondences, drawings, and instruments, to emphasize the multiple borrowings between scientific and literary discourses. This volume sheds new light on the practices of scientific invention, experimentation, and hypothesis formation by situating them according to their fictional or factual tendencies."
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1977-
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Aït-Touati, Frédérique
Dewey number
809/.9336
Index
index present
Language note
Translated from the French
LC call number
PN56.C68
LC item number
A5813 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Emanuel, Susan
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  • Cosmology in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Cosmology
  • European literature
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Cosmology
  • European literature
  • Cosmology in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Kosmologie
  • Literatur
  • Cosmologie
  • Littérature et sciences
  • Théorie de la fiction
  • Kosmologi i litteraturen
  • Litteratur och vetenskap
  • Kosmologi
  • Europeisk litteratur
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Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century, Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-258) and index
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multicolored
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rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Cosmic imagination. Kepler sets the Earth in motion ; Genealogy of the dream: from ludus philosophicus to the game of fiction ; The dynamics of the voyage: a thought-experiment ; Vision in the voyage ; The place of fiction ; Godwin, Wilkins, Cyrano: from the optical voyage to the mechanical voyage ; The Man in the Moone ; A World in the Moon ; From heavens to the sky: Cyrano's other world ; Conclusions: dreams and fictions -- part 2. Conjectural machines. Fontenelle: unveiling the spectacle of the world ; Machine and spectacle ; Order of the narrative, harmony of the world ; Fontenelle's visions ; Huygens: the theoretical voyage of The Cosmotheoros ; Hypotheses, conjectures, fictions ; Architectonics of the narrative ; Conclusions: hypotheses and narratives -- part 3. Observing monsters. Robert Hooke: "the armed eye" ; Micrographia ; From enargeia to evidence ; Hooke the astronomer ; Poetics of proof ; Instruments and images ; Margaret Cavendish: the battle of instruments ; "A high heel to a short leg" ; A teratology of knowledge ; The empire of fiction
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757515090
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1 online resource (ix, 261 pages)
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9780226011226
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rdamedia
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  • c
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9780226011226
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(OCoLC)757515090
Label
Fictions of the cosmos : science and literature in the seventeenth century, Frédérique Aït-Touati ; translated by Susan Emanuel
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-258) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Cosmic imagination. Kepler sets the Earth in motion ; Genealogy of the dream: from ludus philosophicus to the game of fiction ; The dynamics of the voyage: a thought-experiment ; Vision in the voyage ; The place of fiction ; Godwin, Wilkins, Cyrano: from the optical voyage to the mechanical voyage ; The Man in the Moone ; A World in the Moon ; From heavens to the sky: Cyrano's other world ; Conclusions: dreams and fictions -- part 2. Conjectural machines. Fontenelle: unveiling the spectacle of the world ; Machine and spectacle ; Order of the narrative, harmony of the world ; Fontenelle's visions ; Huygens: the theoretical voyage of The Cosmotheoros ; Hypotheses, conjectures, fictions ; Architectonics of the narrative ; Conclusions: hypotheses and narratives -- part 3. Observing monsters. Robert Hooke: "the armed eye" ; Micrographia ; From enargeia to evidence ; Hooke the astronomer ; Poetics of proof ; Instruments and images ; Margaret Cavendish: the battle of instruments ; "A high heel to a short leg" ; A teratology of knowledge ; The empire of fiction
Control code
757515090
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 261 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226011226
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9780226011226
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)757515090

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