More perfect heaven : how Copernicus revolutionized the cosmos
By: Sobel, Dava.Material type: BookPublisher: New Delhi : Bloomsbury, ©2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 273 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781408822388.Subject(s): Astronomy | Solar system
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Pt. 1. Prelude. Moral, rustic, and amorous epistles -- The brief sketch -- Leases of abandoned farmsteads -- On the method of minting money -- The letter against Werner -- The bread tariff -- pt. 2. Interplay. "And the sun stood still" : act I -- "And the sun stood still" : act II -- pt. 3. Aftermath. The first account -- On the revolutions of the heavenly spheres -- The Basel edition -- Epitome of copernican astronomy -- Dialogue concerning the two chief systems of the world, Ptolemaic and Copernican -- An annotated census of Copernicus' De revolutionibus -- Thanksgiving.
Traces the story of the reclusive sixteenth-century cleric who introduced the revolutionary idea that the Earth orbits the sun, describing the dangerous forces and complicated personalities that marked the publication of Copernicus's findings.