Celestial Revolutionary: Copernicus, the Man and His Universe Hardcover – 30 Mar 2014
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'Interesting and surprising... Freely gives a good sense of how small
the European scientific community was at the time and, interestingly,
how much they owed to contemporary work in the Arab world...gives a
good sense of where Copernicus's ideas fit within a broader
understanding of the history of astronomy.' --Emily Winterburn, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
About the Author
John Freely is one of the most widely respected writers of travel books, histories and guides about Greece and Turkey. He is the author of The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades, The Ionian Islands, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all I.B.Tauris). He lives in Istanbul.
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There was no drama to it. No one else was involved. There was no eureka moment. His initial findings were published without uproar. His formal findings were only published posthumously. They caused no great commotion (at first). Copernicus was not excommunicated , sent to hell, disinterred or made the object of a damning declaration. Others using his findings did not fare as well. And for 200 years, “scientists” still claimed it was absurd.
He was no fool. In the tense times of Catholic repression of Lutherans, he wanted to keep his head down and the controversy low. He did not attempt to publish his theory. Then luck interceded. A young mathematics genius sought him out, worked with him for two years (on sabbatical from his university), and convinced Copernicus to let him publish the initial findings without actually using his name. And that’s how it was done.Read more ›