The Book Nobody Read
Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
By (author) Owen Gingerich
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Book Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich
Book Description1543 saw the publication of one of the most significant scientific works ever written: "De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)", in which Nicolaus Copernicus presented a radically different structure of the cosmos by placing the sun, and not the earth, at the centre of the universe.But did anyone take notice? - Harvard astrophysicist Owen Gingerich was intrigued by the bold claim made by Arthur Koestler in his bestselling "The Sleepwalkers" that sixteenth-century Europe paid little attention to the groundbreaking, but dense, masterpiece. Gingerich embarked on a thirty-year odyssey to examine every extant copy to prove Koestler wrong...Logging thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of miles Gingerich uncovered a treasure trove of material on the life of a book and the evolution of an idea. His quest led him to copies once owned by saints, heretics, and scallywags, by musicians and movie stars; some easily accessible, others almost lost to time, politics and the black market.Part biography of a book and a man, part bibliographic and bibliophilic quest, Gingerich's "The Book Nobody Read" is an utterly captivating piece of writing, a testament to the power both of books and the love of books.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099476443
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Owen Gingerich
Copernicus: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (August 2016)
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.
God's Planet, Hardback (October 2014)
Many scientists look at the universe and conclude we are here by chance. The astronomer and historian Owen Gingerich looks at the same evidence--and the fact that the universe is comprehensible to our minds--and sees it as proof for the intentions of a Creator-God. The more rigorous science becomes, the more clearly God's handiwork can be understood.
General History of Astronomy: Volume 4, Astrophysics and Twentieth-Century Astronomy to 1950: Part A, Paperback (March 2010)
This volume concerns the birth of modern astrophysics, the growth of astronomical institutions, and the development of instrumentation.
God's Universe, Hardback (October 2006)» View all books by Owen Gingerich
We live in a universe with a very long history. Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, the author argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design - that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork.
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Author Biography - Owen Gingerich
Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
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