A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

By Dava Sobel

By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had constructed an preliminary define of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied logic and obtained knowledge to put the sunlight, and never the earth, on the middle of our universe, and set the earth spinning one of the different planets. Over the subsequent 20 years, Copernicus accelerated his concept and compiled in mystery a book-length manuscript that tantalized mathematicians and scientists all through Europe. For worry of ridicule, he refused to post.

In 1539, a tender German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, drawn via rumors of a revolution to rival the spiritual upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, traveled to Poland to find Copernicus. years later, the Protestant early life took depart of his getting older Catholic mentor and organized to have Copernicus's manuscript released, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)-the publication that perpetually replaced humankind's position within the universe.

In her based, compelling kind, Dava Sobel chronicles, as no one has, the conflicting personalities and outstanding discoveries that formed the Copernican Revolution. on the middle of the publication is her play "And the sunlight Stood Still," imagining Rheticus's fight to persuade Copernicus to enable his manuscript see the sunshine of day.

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