Thomas Digges

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Thomas Digges

c. 1546-1595

English astronomer and mathematician who was the leading proponent of Copernicanism in England. He translated portions of Copernicus's De revolutionibus and appended his own views on an infinite universe with fixed stars at varying distances from Earth (1576). Digges had earlier published Alae seu scalae mathematicae (1573), containing his observations of the 1572 supernova. The appendices to Stratioticos (1579, 1590) and his father Leonard's posthumously published Pantometria (1571, 1591) constitute the first serious English research on ballistics.