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Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began Hardcover – 4 Dec 2007
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"Repcheck paints a vivid picture of the times, in which both Protestantism and intellectual inquiry posed threats to the Catholic worldview. The author also does an admirable job of shining a light on Copernicus's little-known immediate predecessors to show that, like the works of Einstein and Darwin, the scientist's theory didn't spring Athena-like from his brow"-- "Publishers Weekly"
Traces the story of the enigmatic scientist while revealing how he was able to make his pivotal discovery about how the Earth revolves around the sun in spite of limited technology and the obscure belief systems of his contemporaries.
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Repcheck's book admirably explains Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution began, and how what started as one man's idea blossomed with the support of a handful of Central European natural philosophers in the shadow of an anti-Lutherian backlash. Well written and with copious notes and references for the researcher, this is a highly recommended read.
Kevin J Kilburn FRAS. Secretary, the Society for the History of Astronomy
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But then I came across this on page 85: "Dantiscus became the official ambassador of the King of Poland to the Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Charles V, and to the court of the King of Spain, Charles I". Unbelievably, Repcheck doesn't know that the Emperor Charles V and the Spanish King Charles I were one and the same person. This is not a trivial error. It is a level of historical ignorance on a par with someone writing a history of international politics in the early twentieth century without being aware that India and Britain had the same government.
If Repcheck is so ignorant of the basic facts of sixteenth-century history, how can I have any confidence in the veracity of any of the historical material in this book? I can't, of course. He has done his research, but that is not good enough because he doesn't have the background knowledge that would enable him to assess his research properly.
Unfortunately, professional historians seem reluctant to produce popular history books so the history shelves of most bookshops are filled with the outpourings of enthusiastic amateurs whom readers cannot have full confidence in.
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