The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought

The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought

by Thomas S. Kuhn, James Bryant Conant, Harvard University
     
 

For scientist and layman alike this book provides vivid evidence that the Copernican Revolution has by no means lost its significance today. Few episodes in the development of scientific theory show so clearly how the solution to a highly technical problem can alter our basic thought processes and attitudes. Understanding the processes which underlay the Revolution… See more details below

Overview

For scientist and layman alike this book provides vivid evidence that the Copernican Revolution has by no means lost its significance today. Few episodes in the development of scientific theory show so clearly how the solution to a highly technical problem can alter our basic thought processes and attitudes. Understanding the processes which underlay the Revolution gives us a perspective, in this scientific age, from which to evaluate our own beliefs more intelligently. With a constant keen awareness of the inseparable mixture of its technical, philosophical, and humanistic elements, Thomas S. Kuhn displays the full scope of the Copernican Revolution as simultaneously an episode in the internal development of astronomy, a critical turning point in the evolution of scientific thought, and a crisis in Western man’s concept of his relation to the universe and to God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674171039
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
386,560
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by James Bryant Conant
  • 1. The Ancient Two-Sphere Universe
  • 2. The Problem of the Planets
  • 3. The Two-Sphere Universe in Aristotelian Thought
  • 4. Recasting the Tradition. Aristotle to the Copernicans
  • 5. Copernicus’ Innovation
  • 6. The Assimilation of Copernican Astronomy
  • 7. The New Universe
  • Technical Appendix
  • References
  • Bibliographical
  • Notes
  • Index

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