Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began  -     By: Jack Repcheck
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Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began

Simon & Schuster / 2008 / Paperback

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A complex man both in life and in his thinking, Nicolaus Copernicus gave the world one of its most important insights, one that would open up the heavens and earth for further scientific investigation: the theory that the earth and planets revolve around the sun. Copernicus' Secret deftly weaves together the scientific advances Copernicus made, the milieu in which he was working, and the details of his personal life in a wonderfully fascinating biography. 239 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0743289528
ISBN-13: 9780743289528
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Nicolaus Copernicus gave the world perhaps the most important scientific insight of the modern age, the theory that the earth and the other planets revolve around the sun. He was also the first to proclaim that the earth rotates on its axis once every twenty-four hours. His theory was truly radical: during his lifetime nearly everyone believed that a perfectly still earth rested in the middle of the cosmos, where all the heavenly bodies revolved around it.

One of the transcendent geniuses of the early Renaissance, Copernicus was also a flawed and conflicted person. A cleric who lived during the tumultuous years of the early Reformation, he may have been sympathetic to the teachings of the Lutherans. Although he had taken a vow of celibacy, he kept at least one mistress. Supremely confident intellectually, he hesitated to disseminate his work among other scholars. It fact, he kept his astronomical work a secret, revealing it to only a few intimates, and the manuscript containing his revolutionary theory, which he refined for at least twenty years, remained "hidden among my things."

It is unlikely that Copernicus' masterwork would ever have been published if not for a young mathematics professor named Georg Joachim Rheticus. He had heard of Copernicus' ideas, and with his imagination on fire he journeyed hundreds of miles to a land where, as a Lutheran, he was forbidden to travel. Rheticus' meeting with Copernicus in a small cathedral town in northern Poland proved to be one of the most important encounters in history.

Copernicus' Secret recreates the life and world of the scientific genius whose work revolutionized astronomy and altered our understanding of our place in the world. It tells the surprising, little-known story behind the dawn of the scientific age.

Author Bio

Jack Repcheck is an editor at W. W. Norton & Co., where he publishes the work of leading scientists and economists. His previous book was the critically acclaimed The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth's Antiquity. He lives with his family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

"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
"Excellent...[Repcheck] is especially good at setting Copernicus vividly in his time."

-- NY Sun
"No other biography of which I am aware treats the life of this scientific giant more vividly than this one."

-- New York Times Book Review

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