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Plurality of Worlds by Fontenelle, 1686

Plurality of Worlds by Fontenelle, 1686

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Plurality of Worlds. Frontispiece from 'Entretiens sur la pluralite des mondes' ('Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds', 1686), by the French writer and philosopher Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657-1757). In this work Fontenelle suggested that life was widespread throughout the solar system, and that inhabited planets orbited other stars. His extravagant claims for extraterrestrial life ensured that his books sold well.

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