Ptolemy's Demise 10-4-10-1

Ptolemy's Demise 10-4-10-1 - STSC 001 Lecture 8 Ptolemys...

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STSC 001 – Lecture 8 – 10/4/10 Ptolemy’s Demise Renaissance Natural Magic: Occult forces, return to Plato Copernicus’ conservative revolution Tycho Brahe and early Big Science Kepler’s mystic ellipses Galileo: Aristotle on the ropes I. Florence A. Sacking of Constantinople: brought refugees to Florence / Greek and Egyptian books B. Medici Family 1. Courtly patronage to science (Verrochio, Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo) 2. Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1492) a. Neo-platonic academy, library, patronage, and sons: Popes 3. Cosimo de Medici 4. Sponsor Ficino II. Renaissance natural magic – Hermetic Tradition A. Ideas of Hermetic Tradition 1. Alchemy, astrology, medicine, horoscope, music 2. Macrocosm – Microcosm 3. Structure of human body analogous to the heavens/planets 4. i.e. an illness in a certain organ; use certain herbs that correlate cosmologically B. Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) 1. Put together the “Hermetic Corpus” – translated works of Hermes Trismegistus, in touch with the invisible world, secrets of the world 2. Revitalization of Plato’s ideas: learning about the invisible world and controlling and making use of it
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3. Technical view of the invisible world “science of magic” 4. “These celestial bodies are not to be sought by us outside in some other place; for the heavens in their entirety are within us , in whom the light of life and the origin of heaven dwell” C. The Philosophers Stone
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