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A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
 
 
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Dava Sobel.
Publisher Walker  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.35 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780802778949
Pages/Publication Date 273/2011
Daedalus Item Code 41906
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Early in the 16th century, Polish cleric Nicolaus Copernicus formulated a radical theory that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the cosmos, and that all of the planets, including our own, revolved around itóbut he feared to publish it. In the same wonderfully erudite yet energetic style that made Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets so popular, Dava Sobel tells us why Copernicus sat on his De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium for decades, and why a young Lutheran mathematician named Georg Joachim Rheticus, following rumors, made the dangerous journey deep into Catholic territory to meet him. In her delightful history of this great revolution in cosmology, Sobel even gives us a two-act play dramatizing how Rheticus convinced Copernicus to publish.

"Sobel is an elegant stylist, a riveting and efficient storyteller, a writer who can bring the dustiest of subjects to full-blooded life."óNYTimes

 
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