The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 26 de maig 2009 - 272 pàgines
In May, 1539, a young, German mathematician named Georg Joachim Rheticus traveled hundreds of miles across Europe in the hopes of meeting and spending a few days with the legendary astronomer, Nicolas Copernicus, in Frombork, Poland. Two and a half years later, Rheticus was still there, fascinated by what he was discovering, but largely engaged in trying to convince Copernicus to publish his masterwork-De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavens), the first book to posit that the sun was the center of the universe. That he was finally able to do so just as Copernicus was dying became a turning point for science and civilization. That he then went on to a legendary career of his own-he founded the field of trigonometry, for example-will be one of the many surprises in this eye-opening book, which will restore Rheticus to his rightful place in the history of science.
 

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A fascinating biography of the father of trigonometry, the man who convinced Copernicus to publish his ground-breaking work "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" and then spent his life ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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A Copernican scholar, Danielson (English, Univ. of British Columbia; editor,The Book of the Cosmos ) here profiles the mathematician Georg Joachim Rheticus (1514-74), who studied with Copernicus in ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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NO RHETICUS NO COPERNICUS
1
PATRONS AND A POET
13
ROUNDABOUT ROAD TO FRAUENBURG
31
VITA COPERNICI
42
WHAT RHETICUS KNEW
58
COPERNICAN SUNRISE
66
GODS GEOMETRY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH
79
COPERNICAN AFTERLIFE
89
LABORS OF HARVEST
132
THINGS LEFT BEHIND
145
MEDICINE IS NOT LIKE GEOMETRY
158
ANOTHER COPERNICUS
167
RESCUING RHETICUS
179
TRIANGLES STARS AND THE SWEETNESS OF THINGS
194
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
207
TRANSLATIONS OF SOME DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE CAREER OF RHETICUS
211

WELCOME TO LEIPZIG
103
GAMBLING ON CARDANO
115
SOMETHING ABOUT AN EVIL SPIRIT
123
NOTES
229
INDEX
253
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Dennis Danielson is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He has served as a member of the History-of-Astonomy Committee for the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, and is a member of the Historical Astronomy division of the American Astronomical Society. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Physics and the Journal for the History of Astronomy. He is the editor of the acclaimed anthology of cosmological writings, The Book of the Cosmos. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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