Remembering the Great Comet

From Natural Philosophy Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Scientific Paper
Title Remembering the Great Comet
Read in full Link to paper
Author(s) David Talbott
Keywords {{{keywords}}}
Published 2012
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 9
No. of pages 9
Pages 597-605

Read the full paper here


How did it happen that the tranquil and predictable planet Venus inspired memories of terror throughout the ancient world? Within all of the well documented cultures, astronomical traditions describe Venus in the language of a comet. Given the specialized focus of historians, few indeed have noted this remarkable and universal pattern. But the collective, seemingly preposterous memory is now established beyond any reasonable doubt: the sciences cannot afford to ignore the implications.