Swedenborg

1983 XD. Discovered 1983 Dec. 1 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), Swedish scientist, philosopher, poet and theologian. Swedenborg began publication of Sweden's first scientific journal in 1715. His work on the philosophy of nature included a cosmological theory that was a precursor to the now widely accepted Kant-Laplace nebular theory. Soon after his death, Swedenborg societies were formed to study his thoughts, which he had published in numerous Latin volumes. His ideas have been a source of inspiration for many prominent writers, including Honore de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Butler Yeats. (M 14972)

Name suggested and citation provided by C. J. Cunningham.

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