“Highly personal and philosophical . . . the next best thing to reading Copernicus.”―Publishers WeeklyIn 1543, the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus lay on his deathbed, reportedly holding his just-published masterpiece, The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, in his hands. Placing the sun at the center of the universe, Copernicus launched modern science, leading to a completely new understanding of the universe, and humanity's place within it. But what did Copernicus really believe? Some argue that he anticipated the vast secularizing impact his ideas would have on history. Others contend that Copernicus was a man of his time and, on the whole, accepted its worldview. William T. Vollmann navigates this territory with the energetic prose and powerful intelligence for which he is known, providing a fresh and enlightening explication of Copernicus, his book, and his time, and the momentous clash between them.
William T. Vollmann is the author of The Atlas (winner of the 1997 PEN Center West Award) . Those who wish to date the genesis of the European Scientific Revolution are at liberty to point to several likely moments in history
William T. Vollmann is the author of The Atlas (winner of the 1997 PEN Center West Award), Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes, and Europe Central. His nonfiction includes Rising Up and Rising Down which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003. Series: Great Discoveries. Those who wish to date the genesis of the European Scientific Revolution are at liberty to point to several likely moments in history. The revolution was a confluence of many streams of thought and endeavor, some of which had prehistoric origins, all of which developed gradually over the course of centuries.
Uncentering the Earth book. Part of the 'Great Discoveries' series. Vollmann has got Copernicus and seminal work The Revolutions of the Heavenly Speres. One of the works which began to place the sun at the centre of the universe, rather than the earth. Copernicus ranks up there with Einstein, Newton, Darwin, Mendel, and Galileo in the Hall of Fame of scientists who overturned the way we think about God, the world, and humanity's place in it.
Uncentering the Earth is divided into chapters packed with titled .
Uncentering the Earth is divided into chapters packed with titled subchapters, a hallmark of Vollmann’s style. The subchapters facilitate a readerly inertia, propelling you from one to another to another. This is Vollmann at the top of his game, and where the book’s real action is. An emphatic empathizer, he dares us to consider the would-be villains of the tale on their own terms. From my own perspective, he writes, these proceedings seem monstrously unfair. Wouldn’t perfection be more in evidence on Earth if a greater number of us devoted our lives to it? Vollmann has written some of the roughest and darkest prose that we have, most of it derived from first-hand experience.
This is an interesting book, and Vollman gets high marks for actually reading Copernicus (I tried once and gave up quickly). As part of a series of books on scientists by non-scientists, it is written at an appropriate level for someone like me. Vollman isn't interested so much in the science as he is in the place of Copernicanism in history. He notes often that astronomy has advanced so far that Copernicus seems quaint in his insistence on circular motion even with his heliocentric universe.
Bibliographic Details. Title: Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The. William T. Vollmann is the author of several works of fiction, including The Atlas and The Rainbow Stories, and has contributed stories and journalism to many publications. He lives in California
Bibliographic Details. Publisher: W. W. Norton. Book Condition: Very Good. Synopsis: The man and the idea that created modern science, as seen by one of today's most celebrated writers. He lives in California. We have been repeatedly voted Best Used Book Store by Seattle's weekly newspaper's public polls.
Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (2006) (Part of the "Great Discoveries" series).
Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (2006) (Part of the "Great Discoveries" series). Riding Toward Everywhere (2008).
the Earth : Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres .
Uncentering the Earth : Copernicus and the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres. Part of the Great Discoveries Series). by William T. Vollmann.
Автор: Vollmann William T. Название: Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and the .
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In 1543, the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus lay on his deathbed, his just-published masterpiece On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in his hands
In 1543, the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus lay on his deathbed, his just-published masterpiece On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in his hands.