Paul Leyland

Thanks for drawing this to my attention.  It is fascinating stuff which will require much study to do it justice.

A line which caught my attention comes from the extensive bibliography:

Bruno, G., 1584, ‘De l’infinito, universo e mondi’ (On the Infinite, the Universe, & the Worlds)

Very few scientific papers contain references to work performed before 1800.  This one contains several.