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Archive for December, 2011

Two papers on Eureka by Alberto Cappi

We are adding, to the articles on our site, two papers from Alberto Cappi, italian astronomer from the Observatorio Astronomico di Bologna (under the author’s license). In these papers, Cappi constructs an insightful  review of  Poe’s physical Cosmology, and discusses in depth  some of the main features of Eureka, in light of current cosmology, among them: […]

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Physical Cosmology

By Alberto Cappi INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna In this paper I describe the scientific content of Eureka, the prose poem written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1848. In that work, starting from metaphysical assumptions, Poe claims that the Universe is finite in an infinite Space, and that it originated from a primordial Particle, […]

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The Evolving Universe of Edgar Allan Poe

By Alberto Cappi INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna In 1848, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) published Eureka: A Prose Poem, where he presented his original cosmology. Here I shall briefly describe Poe’s cosmology in is historical context, showing how Poe could conceive an evolving universe based on Newtonian physics and the astronomical knowledge of the […]

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Some further remarks on Einstein’s letters about Eureka

We are adding, to the posts already published here on Einstein’s letters about Eureka, an overview written by René van Slooten (who discovered the letters after a persistent and hard research). This text includes van Slooten’s own remarks as well as Juan Lartigue’s commentaries, bringing some light on Einstein’s perspective at the time the letters were written. […]

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