Andreas Cellarius, German mathematician and cartographer (1596–1665), conceived an Atlas of the Universe, which Johannes Janssonius published in 1660 in Amsterdam, under the title of Harmonia Macrocosmica. In this Atlas numerous illustrations of the solar system appear in this Atlas, by different authors known at that time. Referring to Ptolemy, called the representation of his conception of heaven as "Imago universi secundum Ptolaeum"
Imago is a word in Latin which means 'image' or even "representation". Therefore, the title expresses the "Picture of the Universe according to Ptolemy."
The Latin expression had been used in the Middle Ages to express the representation and size of the known world at that time. The French theologian Pierre d'Ailly wrote in 1410 a cosmography text called Imago Mundi to describe the known world.
Since the use of the term "Imago Universi" by Andreas Cellarius, there is no awareness of whether it had been applied again in science or literature, despite of it expressing graphically the evolution of human knowledge of the observable universe.
Imago Universi is also the title, in Latin, of a treaty cosmography, written in 2013 by the Spanish scientist Gabriel Barceló.
After analyzing the history of cosmology, the treaty delves into the prevailing scientific lack of explanation of the rotation of the heavenly bodies in the laws of dynamic behaviour of the sidereal system. The author proposes the application of the Theory of Dynamic Interactions (TID) to astrophysics, in particular, the dynamics of stellar systems and galaxies. This theory allows new comprehension of the dynamics of nature and understands the dynamic equilibrium of the universe, always subjected to rotational accelerations, but repetitive and persistent. The author also highlights that the orbiting always coincides with the intrinsic rotation of celestial bodies. Paradox incorporating the book, noting that this had not been found to date.
The book ends with a paragraph from Albert Einstein : The years of searching in the dark for a truth that one feels but can not express, the intense desire and the alternation of confidence and frustration, until one finds the path to clarity and understanding are only familiar to anyone who has they experienced. (1)
- Pierre d'Ailly ( Imago Mundi)
- Honorius of Autun (De Imago Mundi) assigned work.
- Ptolemy (Almagest)
- RabanusMaurus (De Universo)
- Roger Bacon (Opus maius)
1. EINSTEIN, Albert: The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity, lecture given at the George A. Foundation Gibson, University of Glasgow, 20 June 1933. Published by Jackson, Wylie and co, Glasgow, 1933.