Illustration of the solar system, 1672.

Illustration of the solar system, 1672.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Description

Illustrated plate taken from 'Experimenta Nova' (1672) by German scientist Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), showing planets orbiting the Sun. As an astronomer, Guericke was a firm supporter of Copernicus' heliocentric model of the Solar System. He suggested that magnetic action acros empty space was responsible for controlling the movements of the planets.

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