1401 – Nicholas of Cusa

Born in 1401 in Kues, Germany, Nicholas became known as Nicholas of Kues or Nicholas of Cusa (Latin version of Kues) and was a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. Nicholas attended the University of Padua in Italy and received his doctorate degree in canon law there. In addition to being a religious scholar and philospher, Nicholas studied and wrote about geometry, logic and astronomy. He studied infinity and believed that the Earth orbited around the Sun. His two best-known works are De Docta Ignorantia (On Learned Ignorance) and De Visione Dei (On the Vision of God).

Nicholas of Cusa and the Infinite – [integralscience.org]

ABSTRACT: Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64) was a philosopher and theologian whose writings influenced the development of Renaissance mathematics and science. The first part of this paper will trace the historical development in the West of thought about the Infinite prior to the time of Nicholas of Cusa. The second part of the paper will discuss his philosophy as presented in his major work, On Learned Ignorance. The third part of the paper will then examine the subsequent development of thought about the Infinite and the ways in which Nicholas of Cusa influenced mathematics and science.

Nicholas of Cusa – [kings.edu]

Annotated Links to Cusanus on the Web

Brief commentaries on and opinions about the most prominent sites that turn up on search engines under “Nicholas of Cusa” (not including brief encyclopedic entries). They are listed in rough order of perceived usefulness for understanding Nicolaus Cusanus.

Nicholas Of Cusa – [theosophytrust.org]

Drawing from Pythagoras, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Meister Eckhart, Nicholas of Cusa kept alive the mystic flame of intuition and passed it to individuals as different as Giordano Bruno and Copernicus. Whilst struggling for moral reform within a decaying structure, he subtly laid the foundation of human dignity upon which both the Renaissance and the Reformation would be built.

The Man Who Invented Extraterrestrials: Nicholas of Cusa – [challzine.net]

Nicholas wrote in his 1439-40 book, De docta ignorantia, i.e., Learned Ignorance:

“Life, as it exists on Earth in the form of men, animals and plants, is to be found, let us suppose in a high form in the solar and stellar regions. Rather than think that so many stars and parts of the heavens are uninhabited and that this earth of ours alone is peopled – and that with beings perhaps of an inferior type – we will suppose that in every region there are inhabitants, differing in nature by rank and all owing their origin to God, who is the center and circumference of all stellar regions.”

PREREQUISITE:
-0610 – Anaximander
-0575 – Pythagoras
-0460 – Zeno
-0408 – Eudoxus
1170 – Fibonacci
Eckhart

SUBSEQUENT:
1473 – Copernicus
1548 – Bruno
1564 – Galileo
1571 – Kepler

1845 – Cantor

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