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Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction

Owen Gingerich

August 2016

ISBN: 9780199330966

120 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction, leading historian of science Owen Gingerich offers a fascinating portrait of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), who developed the concept of a heliocentric universe and is a pivotal figure in the birth of modern science.

  • Owen Gingerich is the world authority on Copernicus
  • Provides a stimulating view of Copernicus' life and work and a fresh perspective on the "Copernican" revolution
  • Frames Copernicus in the political background of his time

About the Author(s)

Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science, Harvard University

Owen Gingerich is Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University. One of the leading experts on Copernicus, he is the author of numerous books, including The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler and The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus.

Table of Contents

    1. Ptolemy's Legacy
    2. Polish Politics
    3. Italian Sojourn
    4. Inventing the Solar System
    5. Publishing the Solar System
    6. Who Would Believe It?
    Further reading


"This short book is superb." - Ian Welland, Astronomy Now

"A superb contribution to the series." - John Henry, Annals of Science

"A very strong introduction to Copernicus - an introduction whose unexpected elements make it surprising and enjoyable to read." - Christopher M. Graney, Metascience Review

"An easy read, with a great deal to teach us all about both science and history. In all, a most enjoyable book." - Juan A. Añel, Contemporary Physics

"Gingerich is clearly a fan of Copernicus and this superb little book will make you a fan too." - David W. Hughes, The Observatory

"In eight short chapters that carefully combine biographical and conceptual elements, Gingerich gives readers the benefit of his unparalleled knowledge of Copernicus and his work." - Michel-Pierre Lerner, Journal for the History of Astronomy

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