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  • Jean Buridan was a French priest who sowed the seeds of the Copernican revolution in Europe. He developed the concept of impetus, the first step toward the modern concept of inertia, and an important development in the history of medieval science. His name is most familiar through the thought experiment known as Buridan's ass.

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  • His commentary on Aristotle's 'Physics', in which he developed his theory of impetus, saw the beginning of a movement away from Aristotelian physics.
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