By Michael J. Crowe
This newly revised variation of Professor Crowe's available and enlightening booklet recreates some of the most dramatic advancements within the historical past of inspiration: the swap from an earth-centered to a sun-centered belief of the sun approach. Written in a transparent and simple demeanour, the paintings is geared up round a hypothetical debate: Given the proof to be had in 1615, which planetary approach (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) used to be so much deserving of support?
Beginning with an introductory bankruptcy on celestial motions, Dr. Crowe proceeds to a dialogue of Greek astronomy earlier than Ptolemy, mathematical concepts utilized by historical astronomers, the Ptolemaic process, the Copernican and Tychonic platforms, and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. In an epilogue, fees from writers, philosophers, and scientists demonstrate the effect of Copernican inspiration on their paintings. simply in the achieve of somebody with a heritage in highschool arithmetic, this soaking up learn deals a legitimate advent to our sun procedure and a chance to relive probably the most momentous sessions in highbrow history.