On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres

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Running Press, 2004 - Science - 384 pages
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New to our On the Shoulders of Giants series, this groundbreaking work of astronomy proposed a heliocentric universe in which planets orbited the sun-daring to challenge the Ptolemaic ideal of the earth as the center of the universe. This essay by Copernicus (1473-1543), revolutionized the way we look at the earth's placement in the universe, and paved the way for many great scientists, including Galileo and Isaac Newton, whose theories stemmed from this model. Featuring a biography of Copernicus and an accessible, enlightening introduction, both written by the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres provides a fascinating look at the theories which shaped our modern understanding of astronomy and physics.
  

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Review: On The Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres

User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Copernicus wrote this in the teeth of hostility from the Catholic Church which stuck to biblical description rather than truth- where have we heard that before. Copernicus had no computers or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bjørn Peterson - Goodreads

Definitely interesting, but not exactly gripping. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Book One
7
Book Two
60
Book Three
129
Book Four
191
Book Five
258
Book Six
353
Acknowledgments
383
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Stephen Hawking’s ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.

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