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A good work but there are better....
on May 1, 2015
This work, while admirable for is relative shortness, it's now considerably out of date, despite the fact that this is the second edition.
The work itself is a good introduction, but it should be supplemented by newer works that may give more detail to the issues in question.
The first is by Westman, Robert C. The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order. (California: University: of California Press, 2011). Westman's book is simply the most detailed and most convincing study on Copernicus and the Copernican Revolution that I have seen. It is well worth reading, for specialists and non-specialists. Another work that readers may want to consider is Romm, James. The edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992). This short work is an overview of geographical and physical thought of the world as it was known to the (primarily) Greeks and Romans. For the medieval period there is a very good work by Edward Grant, Planets, Orbs, and Spheres: the Medieval Cosmos, 1280-1627. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) which discusses in detail the medieval outlook on the world. The literature is considerably more dense and specialized than readers might realize, but it repays reading.