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Van Helden, Albert. Measuring the Universe: Cosmic Dimensions from Aristarchus to Halley. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984. an immense examine of a vital subject. identify Index Adam one hundred eighty, 185–7, 188 Addison, Joseph 189 Al-Battani 128 Al-Bitruji 127 Anaximander 114 Anaximenes 114 Apollonius of Perga 29 Archimedes of Syracuse 26, 28 Aristarchus of Samos 25–28, 86 Aristotle 24–5, 50, sixty seven, 70, seventy three, eighty one, 121, a hundred twenty five, 132 Ashworth, William viii Atkinson, R. J. C. 210, 212 Aubrey, John 201 Averroes 70–1, 128 Bacon, Francis vii Bacon, Roger seventy three Baity, Elizabeth 218 Bellarmine, Cardinal Robert seventy four, 80–1, 157, 158 Benjamin, F. S. forty three Bernard of Verdun seventy three Blake, William 201 Brahe, Tycho 136–45, 151, 152, a hundred and fifty five, 194 Brummer, Jamie viii Bruno, Giordano 174, 176 Callippus of Cyzicus 24 Capella, Martianus 129 Casper, Barry M. 34 Cazre, Pierre de 179–80 Chanut, Pierre a hundred and eighty Charleton, Walter 201 Cicero, Marcus Tullius 106, 117 Cleanthes 28 Clement VII, Pope eighty four Constable, John 201 Copernicus, Nicholas v, 28, seventy four, 77–8, 82–135, 139–40, 141, 151, 157, 167, 173, 174, 191–2, 193, 194, 195–6 Coronel, Luiz seventy three Crosson, Frederick J. viii Dantiscus, John eighty four Davenant, William 181 De Morgan, Augustus 193 Democritus of Abdera 114 Descartes, René 180–1 Dilthey, Wilhelm vi Divini, Eustace 169 Dobrzycki, Jerzy a hundred Donne, John 176–8 Dostoyevsky, Feodor 148 Dowd, Matthew x Drake, Stillman 159 Dreyer, J. L. E. iii, 146–7 Drummond, William 179 Duhem, Pierre sixty six, seventy three Duke, Edward 201 Ecphantus 106, 117 Ellegård, Alvar 219 Empedocles 114 Eratosthenes of Alexandria 28–9 Euclid of Alexandria forty two, 127 Eudoxus of Cnidus 21–3, 26, 174 Evans, James viii Fabricius, David a hundred and seventy Flaumenhaft, Harvey viii Fontana, Francesco 169 Foscarini, Paolo Antonio eighty Frederick II (Danish King) 137, 142 Galilei, Galileo seventy four, seventy nine, 151, 156–71, 176, 184, 194 Galilei, Vincenzio 156 Gassendi, Pierre 169, 179–80 Geminus 67–9 Geoffrey of Monmouth 201 Giese, Tiedemann eighty five, 104 Goddu, André iv, viii, sixty six Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von eighty three, 193 Gottesman, Stephen T. viii Grafton, John W. viii, x Hatch, Robert A. viii Hawkins, Gerald 208–10, 212, 213, 217 Heraclides of Pontus 25, sixty eight, 106, 117 Heraclitus of Ephesus 25, 114 Herbert, George 178–9 Hermes Trismegistus 132 Hevelius, Johannes 169 Hicetas of Syracuse 106, 117 Hipparchus of Nicaea 29, 30, 38–40, forty three, 104, 174 Hoyle, Fred 210–1 Huygens, Christiaan 169–70, 188 Ibn Rushd. See Averroes Jesus of Nazareth 14, ninety eight, 151, 173, one hundred eighty, 188 Jones, Inigo 201 Joshua 173 Kant, Immanuel 191–2 Kepler, Johannes vi, seventy four, seventy nine, eighty five, 142, 146–55, 157, 159, 167, 176, 194 Kircher, Athanasius 171–2 Koestier, Arthur 162–3 Kopal, Zdenek 162–3 Lactantius 108 Laplace, Pierre Simon 192 Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm 188 Leo X, Pope 108 Leucippus 114 Lipperhey, Hans 157 Lockyer, J. Norman 202–3 Luther, Martin vi, seventy six, 173 Maestlin, Michael 146, 148, 151 Maimonides, Moses 71–2 Medici, Grand Duke Cosimo II de 157, 158 Melanchthon, Philip 77–81, 173 Milton, John 184–7 Montaigne, Michel de 174 extra, Henry a hundred and eighty Neugebauer, Otto 195 Newham, C.