Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr.& Govind Menon ----- "Cosmos and
Eros: Boethius's Cosmology and Post-CopernicanDiscoveries"
Many studies exist in which the sources of Boethius's scientific
understanding of the cosmos are examined. This study reverses that perspective
by examining Boethius's scientific understanding as it presages the cosmological
observations and theories of Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein. This paper will
show that Boethius shares a geometric understanding of the cosmos with
Copernicus and Einstein, and that he shares a view of universal gravitation with
Newton. It is in the area of gravitation that Boethius adds an element of Eros
[actually Amor] to his cosmology. In general, the study indicates that Boethius
thought in categories similar to those of Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein, but
that the technological observations available to him were not yet so advanced as
those available to the other thinkers.
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Euclid, Albert Einstein, Newton,