More Perfect Heaven How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

ISBN-10: 0802778941
ISBN-13: 9780802778949
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Authors: Dava Sobel
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Description: By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had developed an initial outline of his heliocentric theory—in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, and not the earth, at the center of our universe, and set the earth  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had developed an initial outline of his heliocentric theory—in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, and not the earth, at the center of our universe, and set the earth spinning among the other planets. Over the next two decades, Copernicus expanded his theory and compiled in secret a book-length manuscript that tantalized mathematicians and scientists throughout Europe. For fear of ridicule, he refused to publish.In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, drawn by rumors of a revolution to rival the religious upheaval of Martin Luther’s Reformation, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. Two years later, the Protestant youth took leave of his aging Catholic mentor and arranged to have Copernicus’s manuscript published, in 1543, asDe revolutionibus orbium coelestium(On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)—the book that forever changed humankind's place in the universe.In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. At the heart of the book is her play "And the Sun Stood Still," imagining Rheticus’s struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day.

Dava Sobel is an American writer who was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1947. Her books are generally written about the popular science genre and include these titles: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (about English clockmaker John Harrison who created the first chronometer); Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love; The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Sobel graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002. The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her. Sobel is also a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She was a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science.

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