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Paolo Galluzzi

Translator Peter Mason

anti-Copernican decree of 1616. Following Cesi’s suggestion, he would stop in Acquasparta on his way to Rome to discuss the best means to that end. After a series of postponements due to bad weather, health problems and practical considerations, Galileo finally left Florence at the beginning of April

Francesco Barreca

Newtonian synthe- sis of celestial and terrestrial physics on mathematical basis. Between these, Osler arranges six chapters which only in part follow a chronological timeline. Chapter II deals with Renaissance Humanism, Protestant Reformation, explora- tions of the New World and Copernican astronomy, each

Harold W. Turner

revolution in theology is needed to understand Christianity as merely one among the other faiths of the world, which are all focused on the one God. This is described as comparable to the 16th century Copernican revo- lution in astronomy whereby the earth became merely one planet among the others, and all

Marta Spranzi

historical and philosophical questions: What is the scientific significance of Galileo’s Starry Messenger ? To what extent do the observations of the mountains of the Moon constitute evidence in favour of the Copernican system? Is it a case of genuine discovery? And if so why? As we shall see, these


Paolo Galluzzi

Translator Peter Mason

implications of the celestial novelties, anticipating the fate that would befall Galileo if he insisted on maintaining the truth of the Copernican system. Cesi was also aware of the Cardinal’s leading role in the severe condemnation of the new cosmology. However, boasting a long and cordial familiarity with

Astrology and Copernicanism: Morin – Gassendi – Boulliau 487–516
 Robert Alan Hatch

Jacomien Prins

story of Kepler’s unremitting efforts to bring different, even opposing ideas and circumstances into harmony. She portrays the German founding father of modern astronomy as a complex and idealistic figure: not only was he a Copernican in a world where the Ptolemaic geocentric cosmos was still the


Shigeru Nakayama

One of the most distinguished science historians of the twentieth century, Shigeru Nakayama has been at the forefront of redirecting or ‘reorientating’ conventional East Asian science and technology, arguing, like Joseph Needham, that the ‘orientation of science’ refers not only to the direction of science but also implies a turning to Eastern science. In recent times, he has been arguing for implementation of a ‘Service Science’,which is linked to the rights and needs of mankind. A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, he majored in astrophysics at the University of Tokyo and wrote on the history of astronomy for his PhD and later on the history of science for his Harvard PhD.

Toby E. Huff

five, “Exchanging Heavens and Hearts,” concerns the translation of the first European book hinting at the new Copernican world-system. Ben-Zaken gives us more details about the translation of Nöel Duret’s New Theory of the Planets (1635) in 1660-64 by a Hungarian convert known al-Zigetvari. But the

V. V. Raman

arise in the very distant future. When that comes to pass, even with very sophisticated instruments, we will not be able to deduce a big bang model. This book shows how science is making a commentary on the human condition. Previous scientific discoveries—the Copernican revolution, interpretation of