I’m pretty sure gravity isn’t magic, but from his point of view I guess it may as well be… This is, of course, how there can be two stars orbiting each other, or rather, orbiting their respective center of gravity.
As Asimov said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Granted Gravity isn’t technology, but substituting science isn’t going to get you into trouble. (At least not in that sentence.)
Arthur C. Clarke, actually.
Myrddin also knew his audience.
No sense trying to shove a square peg into a star-shaped hole. ^_^
To more succinctly explain what others are striving for: Magic is just one way of explaining natural laws and how they work. Go back far enough, and Aristotle believed that objects were attracted to the Earth because it was the center of the universe. (Unless they were made of Air or Fire — light elements rose upward according to their nature.)
Aristotle was working on a pure philosophy basis instead of attempting to describe natural laws. They weren’t so big on sorting physical properties until the I think starting in the 1200s or so, give or take a hundred years. Aristotle is still fumbling towards the philosophic underpinnings that made investigating the physical world possible.
There’s a science fiction novel – Celestial Matters, by Richard Garfinkle – that plays with this. It’s hard SF… if Aristotle and Ptolemy were right about physics and astronomy.
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