On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus CopernicusNew to our On the Shoulders of Giants series, this groundbreaking work of astronomy proposed a heliocentric universe in which planets orbited the sun-daring to challenge the Ptolemaic ideal of the earth as the center of the universe. This essay by Copernicus (1473-1543), revolutionized the way we look at the earths placement in the universe, and paved the way for many great scientists, including Galileo and Isaac Newton, whose theories stemmed from this model. Featuring a biography of Copernicus and an accessible, enlightening introduction, both written by the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres provides a fascinating look at the theories which shaped our modern understanding of astronomy and physics.
Heliocentric "Theory" Nicolaus Copernicus 1543
On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres (De revolutionibus orbium coelestium)
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THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF DE REVOLUTIONIBUS ORBIUM COELESTIUM. By Frederick E. Brasch. See allHide authors and affiliations. Science 13 Aug.
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The book, first printed in in Nuremberg , Holy Roman Empire , offered an alternative model of the universe to Ptolemy 's geocentric system , which had been widely accepted since ancient times. Copernicus initially outlined his system in a short, untitled, anonymous manuscript that he distributed to several friends, referred to as the Commentariolus. A physician's library list dating to includes a manuscript whose description matches the Commentariolus , so Copernicus must have begun work on his new system by that time. At this time, Copernicus anticipated that he could reconcile the motion of the Earth with the perceived motions of the planets easily, with fewer motions than were necessary in the Alfonsine Tables , the version of the Ptolemaic system current at the time. Regiomontano et B. A manuscript of De revolutionibus in Copernicus' own hand has survived.