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By Michael J. Crowe

This newly revised version of Professor Crowe's obtainable and enlightening booklet recreates the most dramatic advancements within the historical past of notion: the swap from an earth-centered to a sun-centered notion of the sunlight method. Written in a transparent and easy demeanour, the paintings is equipped round a hypothetical debate: Given the proof on hand in 1615, which planetary approach (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) was once such a lot deserving of support?
Beginning with an introductory bankruptcy on celestial motions, Dr. Crowe proceeds to a dialogue of Greek astronomy ahead of Ptolemy, mathematical strategies utilized by historic astronomers, the Ptolemaic approach, the Copernican and Tychonic platforms, and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. In an epilogue, prices from writers, philosophers, and scientists demonstrate the effect of Copernican proposal on their paintings. simply in the succeed in of someone with a heritage in highschool arithmetic, this soaking up learn bargains a valid advent to our sun process and a chance to relive some of the most momentous classes in highbrow history.

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