A More Perfect Heaven

A More Perfect Heaven

How Nicolaus Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

Book - 2011/09/27
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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.
Publisher: New York : Walker Pub., 2011/09/27
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802717931
0802717934
Branch Call Number: 520.92 SOB
Characteristics: 272

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JeremiahSutherland May 07, 2012

Confusing piece of work.

Sobel, a generally clear writer, departs from a strict reconstruction of the Copernicus' work. She adds in the perturbations caused by the religious split between Catholics and Lutherans. She describes the appearance of an apprentice of Copernicus' who persuades him to actually publish his work.

Then it gets a bit wobbly; she adds in a long-ish section written as a play that gives us the flavour of what happened at that time. After Copernicus' death, the structure gets messy with various players taking a role in the production of the books, the science of astronomy and the politics of faith.

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