Celestial Revolutionary : Copernicus, the Man and His Universe
by John Freely
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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In the spring of 1500, in the apex of the Renaissance, Pope Borgia’s pontifical secretary Alexander VI wrote that “everyone is in Rome”.”Although nobody knew at the time, this included a young scholar named Nicolaus Copernicus who could one day change the world.Among the greatest polymaths of any age – linguist, lawyer, doctor, diplomat, diplomat, politician, mathematician, scientist, astronomer, artist, cleric – Copernicus gave the world undoubtedly the most important scientific discovery of the modern era: that the earth and planets revolve around the sun and that the earth turns on its axis once every 24 hours.His heliocentric theory and subsequent discoveries inaugurated the era of modern astronomy, often referred to as the Copernican age, and changed the way we look at the universe forever.This brilliant and controversial belief – born from a fusion of the theories of great scholars of antiquity and the knowledge of medieval Islamic civilization – was immortalized in Copernicus’s epic “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium”, a book of which the very first printed copy was placed in his hands at the time of his death in 1543.Here, for the first time, is a biography of Copernicus which not only describes his theories but also the life of man himself and the epic epic, both exciting times in which he lived.
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