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  • n. Plural form of equant.


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  • But when time came for actual calculation it did no better than the old system of epicycles, equants and other weird things.

    What Was Galileo’s Trial About?

  • "... Copernicus 'aesthetic objections to [equants] provided one essential motive for his rejection of the Ptolemaic system ...."

    Taste for Makers

  • After incredible labour, through innumerable wrong guesses, and six years of almost incessant calculation, he at length emerged in his two "laws" -- discoveries which swept away all epicycles, deferents, equants, and other remnants of the

    Pioneers of Science

  • The equants might divide the line in any arbitrary ratio.

    Pioneers of Science

  • He established the order of planets and devised a system which accounted for the movements of planets without equants, but he was motivated by the desire to establish uniform circular motion, itself a classical ideal.

    Slugger O'Toole


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