What’s in a name?

This time last year I wrote a post explaining why 1st May is probably not Paracelsus’ birthday. Today being 1st May I drew attention to this post on Twitter. Arjen Dijksman commented that because Paracelsus’ first name is Philippus, a Christian name, it might be an indication of his true date of birth. He being, presumably, born on that saint’s day, so either 3rd or 26th of May (there are two different St Philips). An interesting theory, but there are major historical problems with Paracelsus’ name, which I briefly sketch [here].

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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