By Dava Sobel
By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had written and hand-copied an preliminary define of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied logic and bought knowledge to put the solar, now not the earth, on the middle of our universe, and set the earth spinning one of the different planets. Over the subsequent 20 years, Copernicus increased his conception via thousands of observations, whereas compiling in mystery a book-length manuscript that tantalized mathematicians and scientists all through Europe. For worry of ridicule, he refused to publish.
In 1539, a tender German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, drawn via rumors of a revolution to rival the non secular upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, traveled to Poland to search out Copernicus. years later, the Protestant formative years 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 ebook that eternally replaced humankind's position within the universe.
In her dependent, compelling type, Dava Sobel chronicles, as not anyone has, the conflicting personalities and awesome discoveries that formed the Copernican Revolution. on the middle of the e-book is her play And the sunlight Stood Still, imagining Rheticus's fight to persuade Copernicus to enable his manuscript see the sunshine of day. As she accomplished along with her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the boundaries of narration, giving us an unforgettable portrait of medical success, and of the ever present tensions among technological know-how and faith.
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A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel