The First Copernican

The First Copernican

Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution

Book - 2006
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In May, 1539, a young, German mathematician named Georg Joachim Rheticus traveled hundreds of miles across Europe in the hopes of meeting and spending a few days with the legendary astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, in Frombork, Poland. Two and a half years later, Rheticus was still there, fascinated by what he was discovering, but largely engaged in trying to convince Copernicus to publish his masterwork-- De revolutionibus ( On the Revolutions of the Heavens ), the first book to posit that the sun was the center of the universe. That he was finally able to do so just as Copernicus was dying became a turning point for science and civilization. That he then went on to a legendary career of his own--he founded the field of trigonometry, for example--will be one of the many surprises in this eye-opening book, which will restore Rheticus to his rightful place in the history of science.

Publisher: New York, NY : Walker & Company, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802715302
0802715303
Branch Call Number: B RHATICUS GEORG
QB36.R38 D36 2006
B R468, D186f
Characteristics: 264 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

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