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Between Copernicus and Galileo : Christoph Clavius and the collapse of Ptolemaic cosmology

Author: James M Lattis
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between Copernicus and Galileo is the story of Christoph Clavius, the Jesuit astronomer who played a central role in integrating traditional Ptolemaic astronomy and Aristotelian world views into the Church's accepted teachings. When Galileo first collided with the Church over his own work, he was in effect combatting a cosmological and intellectual agenda Clavius had worked to create, and a coterie of Church  Read more...
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Named Person: Christoph Clavius; Ptolemy; Christophorus Clavius; Nicolas Copernic; Galileo Galilei; Christoph Clavius; Ptolemy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James M Lattis
ISBN: 0226469271 9780226469270 0226469298 9780226469294
OCLC Number: 29953006
Description: xix, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Clavius's Astronomical Work and Life --
2. Jesuit Mathematics and Ptolemaic Astronomy --
3. The Defense of Ptolemaic Cosmology --
4. The Rival Cosmologies --
5. Cosmological Debate and the Rebuttal of Copernicus --
6. Strains on Ptolemaic Cosmology, Inside and Out --
7. Galileo, Tycho, and the Fate of the Celestial Spheres
Responsibility: James M. Lattis.
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"Between Copernicus and Galileo is the story of Christoph Clavius, the Jesuit astronomer who played a central role in integrating traditional Ptolemaic astronomy and Aristotelian world views into the Church's accepted teachings. When Galileo first collided with the Church over his own work, he was in effect combatting a cosmological and intellectual agenda Clavius had worked to create, and a coterie of Church intellectuals Clavius had helped to educate." "By tracing Clavius's views from their medieval origins into the seventeenth century, Lattis illuminates the conceptual shift from Ptolemaic to Copernican astronomy and the social, intellectual, and theological impact of the Scientific Revolution."--Jacket.

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