Nicolaus Copernicus: Making the Earth a Planet

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Oxford University Press, USA, 16 juin 2005 - 124 pages
Born in Poland in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus launched a quiet revolution. No scientist so radically transformed our understanding of our place in the universe as this curious bishop's doctor and church official. In his quest to discover a beautiful and coherent system to describe the motions of the planets, Copernicus placed the sun in the center of the system and made the earth a planet traveling around the sun. Today it is hard to imagine our solar system any other way, but for his time Copernicus's idea was earthshaking. In 1616 the church banned his book Revolutions because it contradicted the accepted notion that God placed Earth in the center of the universe. Even though those who knew of his work considered his idea dangerous, Revolutions remained of interest only to other scientists for many years. It took almost two hundred years for his concept of a sun-centered system to reach the general public. None the less, what Copernicus set out in his remarkable text truly revolutionized science. For this, Copernicus, a quiet doctor who made a tremendous leap of imagination, is considered the father of the Scientific Revolution.
 

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Table des matières

Chapter 1 Expanding the World
8
Chapter 2 School Days in Poland
14
Chapter 3 At the University in Cracow
23
Chapter 4 A Scholar in Italy
35
Chapter 5 The Breakthrough
53
Chapter 6 An EarthShaking Development
63
Chapter 7 The Busy Canon
79
Chapter 8 On the Revolutions
97
Epilogue
111
Chronology
116
Further Reading and Websites
119
Index
122
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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Owen Gingerich is at Harvard University. James MacLachlan is at Ryerson Polytech Institute, Toronto (Emeritus).

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