Lynn Thorndike's scientific contributions

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... The tradition of seven rulers of time, seven planetary metals, seven colors has its roots already in Babylonian times (Almarantis 2005) and come to the European tradition in the astronomy (Ptolemaic system of celestial spheres), in the Christianity (e.g. seven epoches in Revelation of St. John), or the hermetic tradition as a pre-stage to modern science (Yates 1964, Koyré 1968, Robert, McGuire Westman 1977. ...