Erasmus Oswald Schreckenfuchs
Erasmus Oswald Schreckenfuchs (1511–1579) was an Austrian humanist, astronomer and Hebraist.
He was born in Merckenstein, near Bad Vöslau in Lower Austria, and studied in Vienna, Ingolstadt and Tübingen. He became a student and friend of Sebastian Münster. Together they translated (into Latin) the Form of the Earth of Abraham bar Hiyya, with work of Elijah ben Abraham Mizrahi.
He taught at Freiburg, where the Maltese mathematician Joannes Myriti was a student.
His Commentaries on George Peurbach's New Theories of the Planets of 1556 were voluminous and broad-minded, considering an eclectic mix of astronomical theories, including those of Copernicus. The approach, however, was little concerned with scientific truth. Schreckenfuchs taught at Nuremberg, and found a follower in Christian Wursteisen.
- Florian Cajori, A History of Mathematical Notations: Two Volumes Bound as One (1993 edition), p. 251.
- Cantica canticorum et Ecclesiastes Salomonis paraphrasticos
- http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1047&context=classicsfacpub, p. 12.
- Pierre Duhem, Sauver les apparences: Essai sur la notion de théorie physique de Platon à Galilée (2004 edition), pp. 103-6.