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An extract from Nicolas Mercator, 'Hypothesis astronomica nova, et consensus eius cum observationibus' [New hypothesis of astronomy, and with the consent of charges] (London: Ex officina Leybourniana, 1664), where the diagram appears on page 2. By 1670, Mercator had understood Kepler’s area law.

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Nicolas Mercator

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Nicolas Mercator, Paper, regarding the orbits of the planets by Nicolas Mercator, 1664, CLP/8i/20a, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 29 May 2024

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