The Making of Copernicus

Early Modern Transformations of a Scientist and his Science

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Biographical Note

Thomas Rahn gained his doctorate at the Philipps-Universität Marburg (2001) and teaches German Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has published books and articles on Early Modern theatre and court culture, rhetoric and the typographic dimensions of texts.

Wolfgang Neuber has been Full Professor of German Philology/Early Modern German and Neo-Latin Literature in the European Context and Head of the ‘Forschungsstelle für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur’ at Freie Universität Berlin since 2000; he is currently on a five-year leave of absence to teach literature at New York University in Abu Dhabi. He has published extensively on early modern travel accounts (including "Fremde Welt im europäischen Horizont", 1991) and is currently preparing a book on early modern European family books.

Claus Zittel teaches German literature and philosophy at the Universities of Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main, and Olsztyn (Poland), and is deputy director of the Stuttgart Research Centre for Text Studies. He has published monographs, editions and many articles on Early Modern Philosophy and Literature and Philosophy, including The Artist as Reader (Brill 2013).

“Recommended. Researchers/faculty and professionals.“
Mary Kay Hemenway, University of Texas at Austin. In: CHOICE, Vol. 52, No. 11 (July 2015).

“excellent essays.”
André Goddu, Stonehill College. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 264-266.

Notes on the Editors
Notes on the Contributors
List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Making of Copernicus
WOLFGANG NEUBER, THOMAS RAHN, CLAUS ZITTEL


PART ONE

THE COPERNICAN TURN:
METHODOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND REJECTIONS

The Decline of Medieval Disputation Culture and the ‘Wittenberg Interpretation of the Copernican Theory’
STEFAN KIRSCHNER, ANDREAS KÜHNE

The Silence of the Wolves, Or, Why it Took the Holy Inquisition Seventy-Three Years to Ban Copernicanism
GEREON WOLTERS

A Natural History of the Heavens: Francis Bacon’s Anti-Copernicanism
DANA JALOBEANU

Hume’s Copernican Turn
TAMÁS DEMETER


PART TWO

NEW ASTRONOMY: TEXTUAL AND GRAPHIC TRANSFORMATIONS

Arguing for One’s World. Copernicus’s Theories and Their Reception in Jean Bodins Theatrum
JONATHAN SCHÜZ

Writing after Copernicus. Epistemology and Poetics in Giordano Bruno’s Ash Wednesday Supper
STEFFEN SCHNEIDER

Die Erde als Mond. Kopernikanische Wenden in Raumreiserzählungen des 17. Jahrhunderts (Kepler, Godwin, Cyrano de Bergerac)
THOMAS RAHN

Decentralisation of the Sun as Beginning of Modernity. The Transition from Copernicanism to the Plurality of Worlds in French Engravings
LUCÍA AYALA


PART THREE

NEW ASTRONOMERS: BIOGRAPHICAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Timid Mathematicians vs. Daring Explorers of the Infinite Cosmos: Giordano Bruno, Literary Self-Fashioning and De revolutionibus orbium coelestium.
SERGIUS KODERA

‘Copernicus Found a Treasure the True Value of Which He Did Not Know at All’. The Life of Copernicus by Pierre Gassendi
CLAUS ZITTEL

Hero of the Bourgeois World. Copernicus and His Afterlife in German Literature
WOLFGANG NEUBER

Max Brod: Tycho Brahes Weg zu Gott
JÖRG JUNGMAYR

Index Nominum

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