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The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his precise observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres, stands as on of the supreme monuments of science. It led to one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton. -- Midwest Book Review
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
A good addition to any home library. I am building up the science section of mine, so there will be more selections along this line.Published 12 months ago by susan cook
Copernicus turns out to be a different person than what I thought. A man a hundred or two hundred years ahead of his time in astronomy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard Dengrove
Copernicus puts the sun in the center of the universe. This is a great achievement not on metaphysical or philosophical grounds but rather because it provides new quantitative... Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by Viktor Blasjo