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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.
"... Copernicus 'aesthetic objections to [equants] provided one essential motive for his rejection of the Ptolemaic system ...."
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
The equants might divide the line in any arbitrary ratio.
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.