Medieval cosmology meets modern mathematics

By Tom Siegfried, 13:31 PM March 12, 2014

When imagining medieval Europe, most people envision knights and castles and maybe cathedrals. Science is usually nowhere in the picture. Apart from monks copying manuscripts, intellectual activity in the Middle Ages was supposedly on the same level as that of 21st century politicians.

But actually, a few medieval minds were busy building modern science’s foundations. Some sophisticated thinkers realized that nature should be understandable using human reason rather than superstition. One of t...

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