Stargazers: Galileo,Copernicus, the Telescope and the Church  -     By: Allan Chapman
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Stargazers: Galileo,Copernicus, the Telescope and the Church

Lion Hudson / 2015 / Paperback

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The fascinating story of the two-hundred-year campaign to map the heavens

Stargazers presents a comprehensive history of how leading astronomers, such as Galileo and Copernicus, mapped the stars from a.d. 1500 to around 1700.

Building on the work of the Greek and Arabian astronomers before him, church lawyer Nicholas Copernicus proposed the idea of a sun-centered universe. It was later popularized by Galileo - a brilliant debater whose abrasive style won him many enemies and who presented new evidence which suggested that the earth moved.

This thorough examination of the work of both men explores both their achievements and influences. It then traces the impact of their ideas on those who followed, including Sir Francis Bacon, Dr. John Wilkins, Dr. Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton, and the Reverend Dr. James Bradley.

Chapman investigates the Church's role and its intriguing relationship with the astronomers of the day, many of whom were churchgoers. He rebuts the popular view that the Church was opposed to the study of astronomy. In reality, it led the search to discover more. In 1728, Copernicus's theory of the moving earth was finally proven by the young Reverend Dr. James Bradley.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0745956270
ISBN-13: 9780745956275
UPC: 9780745956275

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A comprehensive history of how the heavens were discovered and mapped, by the leading astronomers from 1500 onwards

Building on the work of the Greek and Arabian astrologers before him, the idea of a sun-centered universe was proposed by a church lawyer called Nicholas Copernicus. It was later popularized by Galileo—a fantastic debater whose abrasive style won him many enemies—who presented new evidence, which suggested that the earth moved. This thorough examination of Galileo explores both his achievements and influences. It then goes on to trace the impact of his ideas on those who followed him, including Sir Francis Bacon, Dr. John Wilkins, Dr. Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton, and Rev. Dr. James Bradley. Chapman investigates the church’s role and its intriguing relationship with the astronomers of the day. The support and involvement of the church meant that research could be undertaken, but at times the relationship was fractious, leading Galileo to famously declare, “the Bible is to teach us how to go to Heaven, not how the heavens go.” In 1728, the theory of the moving earth was finally proven by the young Rev. Dr. James Bradley.

Author Bio

Allan Chapman is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and author of eight books, including Gods in the Sky and Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance. He has appeared in history of science documentaries on BBC2 and National Geographic.

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