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Nicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planet

Author: Owen Gingerich; James H MacLachlan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005.
Series: Oxford portraits in science.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gingerich, Owen.
Nicolaus Copernicus.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005
(DLC) 2004020959
(OCoLC)56481430
Named Person: Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus
Material Type: Biography, Document, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Gingerich; James H MacLachlan
ISBN: 9780198036609 0198036604 9781429462129 1429462124 9780195161731 0195161734
OCLC Number: 122421155
Description: 1 online resource (124 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Oxford portraits in science.
Responsibility: Owen Gingerich and James MacLachlan.

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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 bookRevolutionsbecause 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, Revolutionsremained 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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