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History of Geo- and Space Sciences An open-access journal
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 2, 89-95, 2011
http://www.hist-geo-space-sci.net/2/89/2011/
doi:10.5194/hgss-2-89-2011
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09 Aug 2011
Johann Christian Heuson, a little-known auroral scholar of the early 18th century
K. Schlegel1 and S. Silverman2 1Copernicus Gesellschaft, e.V., Göttingen, Germany
218 Ingleside Road, Lexington, MA 02420, USA
Abstract. Heuson published two booklets of observations of the aurora of 17/18 February, 1/2 March 1721, and 16/17 November 1729 together with contemporary thoughts about the subject. His work characterizes him as a well-educated scholar familiar with contemporary auroral observations and theories. Heuson rejects views of the aurora as an omen or portent of divine wrath, but explains the aurora as a natural phenomenon and is thus in line with other well-known auroral scholars of that time.

Citation: Schlegel, K. and Silverman, S.: Johann Christian Heuson, a little-known auroral scholar of the early 18th century, Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 2, 89-95, doi:10.5194/hgss-2-89-2011, 2011.
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