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Gassendi, Pierre (1592–1655)





Pierre Gassendi
French philosopher important for his role in tipping the balance away from the old and toward the new science. A friend and ally of Kepler and Galileo, he attacked the prevalent Aristotelianism and supported atomism. He also made a number of important astronomical observations, and named the aurora borealis (see aurora).


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