Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican Revolution (Second Revise / Edition 2

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Overview

This newly revised edition of Professor Crowe's accessible and enlightening book recreates one of the most dramatic developments in the history of thought: the change from an earth-centered to a sun-centered conception of the solar system. Written in a clear and straightforward manner, the work is organized around a hypothetical debate: Given the evidence available in 1615, which planetary system (Ptolemaic, Copernican, Tychonic, etc.) was most deserving of support?
Beginning with an introductory chapter on celestial motions, Dr. Crowe proceeds to a discussion of Greek astronomy before Ptolemy, mathematical techniques used by ancient astronomers, the Ptolemaic system, the Copernican and Tychonic systems, and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. In an epilogue, quotes from writers, philosophers, and scientists reveal the impact of Copernican thought on their work. Easily within the reach of anyone with a background in high school mathematics, this absorbing study offers a sound introduction to our solar system and an opportunity to relive one of the most momentous periods in intellectual history.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486414447
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/31/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 608,589
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Appendix Archaeoastronomy
Select Bibliography
Index

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