Copernicus and Modern Astronomy

Copernicus and Modern Astronomy

Book - 2005 | 1st ed
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the life of the Polish astronomer, discussing his childhood, education, scientific observations about the universe, subsequent conflict with the leaders of the Catholic Chuch, and his influence on Galileo.

Rosen Pub Group
Nicolaus Copernicus’s scientific discoveries turned the world on its end and pulled it out of the dark ages, beginning with his heliocentric theory, proving that the sun, and not the earth, was the center of the universe. This book follows Copernicus’s life and work as he led the way for a torrent of new scientific understanding and the works of luminaries such as Galileo and Isaac Newton.

Publisher: New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1404203052 (lib. bdg.)
Branch Call Number: YB COPERNICUS
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm


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Oct 21, 2014

I found the wording confusing on several occasions; poorly chosen words, passive verb usage, and really large sidebars that didn't always have to do with Copernicus or astronomy. It wouldn't have been a such a confusing thing if the illustrations were consistently illustrating a side topic or consistently about the book's title, but it was not consistent either way. Also, the pacing of the book seemed strange. The first four chapters seemed to reference the last chapter (about his biggest contribution to the field) and the last chapter attempted to explain it, but I didn't feel that astronomy, modern or ancient, got a full treatment. The process Copernicus used to discover things and his interactions with his culture would have been interesting to me.


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