|Carl Friedrich Gauss|
|Baader —— Schelling —— Hegel|
|Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle|
"Plurality of Worlds"
Schöpffer calls on three philosophers who "rebelled against the exuberant assumptions of the Copernicans". It should be noted that C.F.W. Walther also called on some astronomer/philosophers in 1868, including Schelling and Carol Grande, but would likely not have mentioned Baader or Hegel. Walther stated:
"It should be noted that recently some astronomers acknowledge that the Copernican system is only a hypothesis (assumption), and that some have returned to this, that the sun goes around the Earth, for example Schelling, and Carol Grande..."I suspect that Walther knew of practically all literature coming out of Germany through his time and would know of any authors who fought against Copernicanism. I strongly suspect that he had also read Schöpffer's lectures published in the 1850s, maybe even had drawn on what he learned there.
For all the supposed support for the "sciences" in the world today, isn't it more true that much of today's "science" is really Fontenelle's Dream, a dream of other worlds beside ours? Much of what passes for content on the "Discovery Channel" should be rather called "Delusion". — The dreams of the Frenchman Fontenelle caused me to remember how Walther had also spoken against French ideas and customs, ensnared as the French people are under the Pope — go >here< on Dance, search for "French".
Dr. Gerhardus Bouw calls Carl Friedrich Gauss "one of history's greatest astronomers" – quite a statement! I would say that trumps Fontenelle, wouldn't you?
In the next Part 18e, I want to publish a few more items from this book of Dr. Carl Schöpffer, and conclude my chapter on him.