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Uncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the revolutions of the heavenly spheres

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2006.
Series: Great discoveries.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An analysis of the astronomer's pivotal sixteenth-century work traces how his challenge to beliefs about an Earth-centric solar system had a profound influence on the ways in which humanity understands itself and the universe.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus; Nicolaus Copernicus; Nikolaus Kopernikus; Nikolaus Kopernikus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William T Vollmann
ISBN: 0393059693 9780393059694 9780393329186 0393329186
OCLC Number: 61479556
Notes: "Atlas books."
Description: 295 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Why the universe screams --
Exegesis: Osiander's preface and I.1-4 --
What we believed: cosmology --
Exegesis: I.5 --
What we believed: motion --
Exegesis: I.5 (cont'd)-I.9 --
The limits of observation in 1543 --
Exegesis: I.10-14 --
Orbits of Venus --
Exegesis: Book II --
What we believed: scriptures --
Exegesis: Book III --
Silent to the end --
Exegesis: Book IV --
The pillars of Hercules --
Exegesis: Book V --
Assessments --
Exegesis: Book VI --
Simplicity --
Burnings.
Series Title: Great discoveries.
Responsibility: William T. Vollmann.
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As contemporary cosmologists explore the universe's vastness and the nearly insignificant role mankind plays in it, the repercussions from Copernicus's radical views continue to resound. The author  Read more...

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