Newly revised edition of Professor Crowe's accessible, enlightening book re-creates the change from an earth-centered to a sun-centered conception of the solar system. The work is organized around a hypothetical debate: Given the evidence available in 1615, which system (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) was most deserving of support?
A scientific, historical and philosophical examination of the evolution of astronomical theory towards heliocentricity. Beginning with an introductory chapter on the motion of bodies in space, Crowe (liberal studies, U. of Notre Dame) proceeds to a discussion of Greek astronomy before Ptolemy; the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic systems; and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. Written for a general audience; assumes a high-school mathematical skill-level. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Chapter One The Celestial Motions
Chapter Two Greek Astronomy before Ptolemy
Chapter Three Some Mathematical Techniques of Ancient Astronomy
Chapter Four The Ptolemaic System
"Chapter Five Philosophical Interlude: The "Save the Phenomena" Position "
Chapter Six The Copernican System
Chapter Seven The Tychonic System
Chapter Eight Johannes Kepler
Chapter Nine Galileo Galilei
Epilogue Some Quotations Concerning Astronomy in the Copernican Revolution Period