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Helisaeus Roeslin
German astronomer

Helisaeus Roeslin

Helisaeus Roeslin
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Intro German astronomer
Was Astronomer Astrologer
From Germany
Field Science
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1545, Plieningen, Stuttgart, Stuttgart Government Region, Baden-Württemberg
Death 1 January 1616, Bouxwiller, canton of Bouxwiller, arrondissement of Saverne, Bas-Rhin (aged 71 years)
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Helisaeus Roeslin (17 January 1545, Plieningen (now part of Stuttgart) – 14 August 1616, Buchsweiler was a German physician and astrologer who adopted a geoheliocentric model of the universe. He was one of five observers who concluded that the Great Comet of 1577 was located beyond the moon. His representation of the comet, described as "an interesting, though crude, attempt," was among the earliest and was highly complex.

Roeslin had known Johannes Kepler since their student days and was one of his correspondents. Roeslin placed more emphasis on astrological predictions than did Kepler, and though he respected Kepler as a mathematician, he rejected some of Kepler's cosmological principles, including Copernican theory. Kepler criticized Roeslin's predictions in his book De stella nova, on the comet of 1604, and the two kept up their arguments in a series of pamphlets written as dialogues.

Roeslin's 1597 book De opere Dei creationis is regarded as one of the major works in the late 16th-century controversy over the formulation of a geoheliocentric world system. Robert Burton refers to Roeslin in his Anatomy of Melancholy.

Roeslin was physician-in-ordinary to the count palatine of Veldenz and the count of Hanau-Lichtenberg in Buchsweiler in Alsace.

He made a prediction that the world would end in 1654 based on the appearance of a new star in 1572.

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