The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order

The Copernican Question Prognostication Skepticism and Celestial Order In Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet and the sun a body resting near the center of a finite universe But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal

  • Title: The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order
  • Author: Robert S. Westman
  • ISBN: 9780520254817
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet and the sun a body resting near the center of a finite universe But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal And why did it matter The Copernican Question reframes this pivotal moment in the history of science, centering the story on a conflict over the credibility of astrology thIn 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet and the sun a body resting near the center of a finite universe But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal And why did it matter The Copernican Question reframes this pivotal moment in the history of science, centering the story on a conflict over the credibility of astrology that erupted in Italy just as Copernicus arrived in 1496 Copernicus engendered enormous resistance when he sought to protect astrology by reconstituting its astronomical foundations Robert S Westman shows that efforts to answer the astrological skeptics became a crucial unifying theme of the early modern scientific movement His interpretation of this long sixteenth century, from the 1490s to the 1610s, offers a new framework for understanding the great transformations in natural philosophy in the century that followed.

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    1. This big, big summer-reading-project length book is full of fascinating insights about the social and intellectual foundations of modern cosmology as they emerged in the sixteenth century, particularly as reactions to Copernicus' masterwork De Revolutionibus. Westman has been one of the field's major experts over the past 40 years and so his work is important almost by definition. In particular, his straightforward unapologetic style of describing pre-scientific ideas (rather than trying to fit [...]

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