Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006 - Astronomy - 295 pages
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In 1543, the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus lay on his deathbed, his just-published masterpiece On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in his hands. At that time, religious doctrine and common sense dictated that the earth ruled the universe, with the sun, moon, planets, and stars all rotating around it. By putting the sun at the center of that cosmology, his book fomented another kind of revolution-a scientific one-that would lead to a completely new view of the universe, and humanity's place in it.As contemporary cosmologists explore the universe's vastness and the nearly insignificant role we play in it, the repercussions from Copernicus's radical step continue to resound. With the energetic prose and powerful intelligence for which he is known, William T. Vollmann provides an enlightening and readable explication not only of Copernicus's book but also of Copernicus's epoch, and the momentous clash between the two.

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Review: Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (Great Discoveries)

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The volubility of William T. Vollman is legendary. For one essay>novel he was he asked to make his sentences shorter: he replied that he couldn't write a short novel, let alone a short sentence. (Or ... Read full review

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This book is not at all what I was looking for when I picked it off the library shelf, just browsing for a good book to read. What I wanted was an explanation of how Copernicus managed to reason out ... Read full review


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Journalist and novelist William T. Vollmann was born in 1959 and educated at Cornell University. He worked as a comptuer programmer before becoming a journalist and covering Bosnia, Sarajevo and Afghanistan. He has written extensively since 1987, when his first book, You Bright and Risen Angels, was published. The Atlas (1996) won the PEN Center USA West Award for the best novel by a writer living west of the Mississippi. His newest work of Non-Fiction is entitled, Imperial.

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