Children's LiteratureThis biography of the man who changed the course of the scientific study of astronomy is obviously well researched and full of information. Copernicus was raised by and his education paid for by his uncle, who encouraged him to spend his life as an administrator of the Church. While working in that capacity, he also quietly developed his revolutionary theory of the sun as center of the planets. His book was published right before his death and had a profound effect on the world of science. An understanding of the world of Copernicus is well defined, as detailed sidebars add explanations of terms such as knightly orders and Ptolemy's planetary order. Biographies of people who might not be familiar to the reader, for example, Paracelsus and Martin Luther, are incorporated as well. Included are a timeline, source notes for each chapter, bibliography, Web sites, and an index. This text will be useful for research, and the wealth of information may in fact inspire budding young astronomers. 2004, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Ages 12 to 15.
Micki S. Nevett