Dec 2, 2018

When the Earth Was Flat: Studies in Ancient Greek and Chinese Cosmology

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When the Earth Was Flat Studies in Ancient Greek and Chinese Cosmology

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This book is a sequel to Heaven and Earth in Ancient Greek Cosmology (Springer 2011).

With the help of many pictures, the reader is introduced into the way of thinking of ancient believers in a flat earth.

The first part offers new interpretations of several Presocratic cosmologists and a critical discussion of Aristotle’s proofs that the earth is spherical.

The second part explains and discusses the ancient Chinese system called gai tian.

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The last chapter shows that, inadvertently, ancient arguments and ideas return in the curious modern flat earth cosmologies.

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