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The Eye of Heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler :  Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler - Owen Gingerich

The Eye of Heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler

Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler

Hardcover Published: May 1997
ISBN: 9780883188637
Number Of Pages: 442

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Science history at its best is passionate, original, and controversial - a perfect description of the work of Owen Gingerich. Physicist, historian of science, and tireless sleuth, Gingerich is internationally respected for his rigorous scholarship and well-known for his challenging views. His work has had a profound effect on the history of science, disputing prevalent notions of the Copernican revolution, revising interpretations of Kepler's work, and redefining Newton.
The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler is a provocative Gingerich collection, focusing on the transformation of astronomy from Ptolemy's geocentrism to Kepler's remolding of Copernican cosmology. In 25 bracing essays, it uncovers the subtle and surprising ways in which raw data, interpretation, and creativity propel science.
Several of Gingerich's favorite themes are illuminated: the importance of historical context, the careful examination of scientific work habits, and the role of creativity and artistry in science.
Did Ptolemy fake his data or merely, as many other scientists have done, mold them into a consistent form without intent to deceive? Was Copernicus's heliocentrism an inevitable response to crisis-ridden Ptolemaic cosmology, or was it an original, unexpected leap of imagination? Are scientific discoveries merely the unveiling of physical reality, or are they more akin to artists' creativity?
The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler includes Gingerich's influential essay on crisis versus aesthetic in the Copernican revolution, a thought-provoking look at Newton's Principia as a work of art, and one of Gingerich's most popular pieces, "The Computer versus Kepler," in which an IBM 7094 handles in seconds a computational problem that occupied the German astronomer for years.
Here is science history at its best: astute detective work that demolishes popular notions, sensitivity to context and personality, meticulous scholarship, and elegant writing. In short, classic Gingerich.

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"I can think of few better ways of introducing students to the history of astronomy than by using The Eye of Heaven as a text....This is science at its best....Not only does Gingerich make you think, he also forces you back in time and makes you think as astronomers did then. Students need this inspiration." --- David Hughes, New Scientist

Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Keplerp. 3
Was Ptolemy a Fraud?p. 55
Ptolemy Revisitedp. 74
Zoomorphic Astrolabes: Arabic Star Names Enter Europep. 81
The 'Abd al-A'imma Astrolabe Forgeriesp. 102
Alfonso X as a Patron of Astronomyp. 115
The 1582 "Theorica Orbium" of Hieronymus Vulpariusp. 129
The Search for a Plenum Universep. 136
The Astronomy and Cosmology of Copernicusp. 161
Did Copernicus Owe a Debt to Aristarchus?p. 185
"Crisis" versus Aesthetic in the Copernican Revolutionp. 193
Early Copernican Ephemeridesp. 205
Erasmus Reinhold and the Dissemination of the Copernican Theoryp. 221
De revolutionibus: An Example of Renaissance Scientific Printingp. 252
The Censorship of Copernicus's De revolutionibusp. 269
Heliocentrism as Model and as Realityp. 286
Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomyp. 305
Kepler as a Copernicanp. 323
Kepler's Place in Astronomyp. 331
The Origins of Kepler's Third Lawp. 348
The Computer versus Keplerp. 357
The Computer versus Kepler Revisitedp. 367
The Mercury Theory from Antiquity to Keplerp. 379
Kepler, Galilei, and the Harmony of the Worldp. 388
Circumventing Newtonp. 407
Epiloguep. 419
Acknowledgmentsp. 425
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780883188637
ISBN-10: 0883188635
Series: Masters of Modern Physics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: May 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 16.18  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 0.96

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