Initia Doctrinae Physicae
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Initia doctrinae physicae : dictata in Academia VVitebergensi
Early edition (first 1549) of this influential physics text by the German humanist and reformer, Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560). Melanchthon's importance as a religious reformer has tended to overshadow his achievements as a writer of science and medicine. His natural history course, which he held at the University of Wittenberg, mentioned Copernicus, but he did not accept his theory.
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