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Author(s): Baumann, Martin | Falkenburg, Brigitte | Rosenau, Hartmut
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy – III. Fundamental Theology I. Religious Studies The term “boundary” is used spatially, temporally, and metaphorically. Spatially, a boundary separates localities and territories, signaled by boundary markers (cf. OE mearc, “boundary, landmark”). In certain cases, boundaries must not be crossed; in sacred sites onl…

Galileo Galilei

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Author(s): Falkenburg, Brigitte
[German Version] (Feb 15, 1564, Pisa – Jan 8, 1642, Arcetri near Florence) mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and philosopher, and regarded as the founder of mechanics as a mathematical and experimental science. He criticized Aristotelian physics (Aristotle: II, 3), which relied on direct observation, as well as the heliocentric cosmology of Claudius Ptolemaeus (c. 100–160). According to Galileo, the book of nature is written in mathematical letters; unlike J. Kepler's astronomy, this dictum ha…