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Hans
2007-Sep-28, 07:02 AM
Who first theorized that stars were suns like our own?

Jens
2007-Sep-28, 07:50 AM
According to Wikipedia:

In 1584 Giordano Bruno suggested that the stars were actually other suns, and may have other planets, possibly even Earth-like, in orbit around them, an idea that had been suggested earlier by such ancient Greek philosophers as Democritus and Epicurus. By the following century the idea of the stars as distant suns was reaching a consensus among astronomers.

So some Greek philosophers seem to have suggested it. I don't know about Chinese or Indian astronomers.

I think that Giordano Bruno was a neoplatonist who was burned at the stake.

George
2007-Sep-28, 09:28 PM
I think Anaximander, 6th century BC, suggested stars were rings of fire. The popular view was that stars were gods.

KaiYeves
2007-Sep-29, 12:47 AM
I think that Giordano Bruno was a neoplatonist who was burned at the stake.
Yup, according to the introduction in Planet Quest.
Does the expression "We are toast" come from being burned at the stake?