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Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800$
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Daniela Bleichmar, Paula De Vos, Kristin Huffine, and Kevin Sheehan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753586

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753586.001.0001

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Cosmopolitanism and Scientific Reason in New Spain

Cosmopolitanism and Scientific Reason in New Spain

Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the Dispute over the 1680 Comet

(p.115) Chapter Six Cosmopolitanism and Scientific Reason in New Spain
Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800

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This chapter focuses on the “literary duel” between Carlos de Sigüenza and Eusebio Kino. Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora (1645–1700), was an accomplished astronomer and university mathematics professor. He entered into a public dispute with the Austrian Jesuit Eusebio Kino concerning the nature and significance of the 1680 comet as seen in Mexico. Sigüenza provides a largely scientific analysis of the comet, while Kino defended the religious view, arguing that comets provoke calamities and even predict an imminent final judgment.

Keywords:   Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Eusebio Kino, 1680 comet, Mexico, calamities

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