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Author Gingerich, Owen.

Title Nicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planet / Owen Gingerich and James MacLachlan
Published New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (124 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford portraits in science
Oxford portraits in science.
Summary Annotation Born in Poland in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus launched a quiet revolution. No scientist so radically transformed our understanding of our place in the universe as this curious bishop's doctor and church official. In his quest to discover a beautiful and coherent system to describe the motions of the planets, Copernicus placed the sun in the center of the system and made the earth a planet traveling around the sun. Today it is hard to imagine our solar system any other way, but for his time Copernicus's idea was earthshaking. In 1616 the church banned his bookRevolutionsbecause it contradicted the accepted notion that God placed Earth in the center of the universe. Even though those who knew of his work considered his idea dangerous, Revolutionsremained of interest only to other scientists for many years. It took almost two hundred years for his concept of a sun-centered system to reach the general public. None the less, what Copernicus set out in his remarkable text truly revolutionized science. For this, Copernicus, a quiet doctor who made a tremendous leap of imagination, is considered the father of the Scientific Revolution
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-121) and index
Notes English
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Subject Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543 -- Juvenile literature
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543
Astronomers -- Poland -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Astronomers -- Poland -- Biography
Astronomers -- Biography
JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Biography & Autobiography -- Science & Technology.
JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Science & Nature -- Astronomy.
Genre/Form Biographies
Juvenile works
Form Electronic book
Author MacLachlan, James H., 1928-
LC no. 2004020959
ISBN 9780198036609