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Michael Neander | with testimonials by Conrad Gessner, Caspar Peucer, Johannes Crato, Theodor Zwinger, and Joachim Camerarius the Younger
Compendium rerum physicarum, conscriptum, in gratiam & usum studiosae iuventutis
Wittenberg: Simon Gronenberg, 1587. SCIENCE TEXTBOOK FOR PROTESTANT HUMANISTS ¶ [8], 176, [8] p. | 8vo | )(^4 A-L^8 M^4 | 165 x 95 mm ¶ First and only edition of the indefatigable educator's science textbook. Student of Philip Melanchthon and rector at Ilfeld, Neander wrote a number of schoolbooks to meet the particular needs of his curriculum, his surveys covering everything from grammar to history to science. Roughly the last quarter of the book (from p. 144) contains testimonials from an exceptional litany of learned peers: Martin Cop, Johannes Crato, Joachim Camerarius the Younger, Paul Eitzen, Jakob Horst, Conrad Gessner, Burkhard Mithoff, Peter Monau, Johann Macholt, Johannes Oberndorffer, Johann Naeve, Caspar Peucer (both senior and junior), Antonius Niger, Moritz Steinmetz, Joachim Strupp, and Theodor Zwinger. ¶ Sweeping in scope, Neander covers everything the Protestant humanist should know about science: properties of the earth and different kinds of motion; movement of the solar system (p. 5-8); the differences between astronomy and astrology (p. 9), touching on the zodiac but dedicating far more ink to astronomical matters; geometry, the calendar, and the elements. He recognizes that the earth is round (centuries ahead of the Flat Earthers of our own age), though he stops short of adopting the Copernican model (p. 27: "Terra centrum seu medium mundi, in medio sita est"). He covers geography, including oceans, islands, and volcanoes. Metals and gems are here, as are sleep and the senses. On the topic of the philosopher's stone, he takes a swipe at chemi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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