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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven treatment, 1 Oct 2011
This review is from: A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos (Hardcover)
The merits and limitations of the book are described concisely and aptly in the ensuing passage excerpted from 'The Economist's' review (September 24th - 30th 2011) which I readily acknowledge cannot improve:

' 'A More Perfect Heaven' does a good job of giving the flavour of life in Reformation-era Europe, at least among its intellectual elite. But there is strangely little discussion of the intellectual underpinnings of Copernicus's system of the world, and of the meticulous observations that eventually convinced him that Ptolemy was wrong. It was a giant leap suddenly to argue that the earth orbits the sun, rather than the other way around, particularly without telescopes. Imagine to deduce this with the naked eye, a sextant and little else. Then imagine the difficulties of defending it against the obvious criticisms in an era before mathematically rigorous physics.'
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2011 15:59:32 GMT
I think this is entirely wrong-headed! There is a deep discussion, admittedly rather obliquely. See my review
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