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    DescriptionBy 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had developed an initial outline of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, and not the earth, at the center of our universe, and set the earth spinning among the other planets. Over the next two decades, Copernicus expanded his theory and compiled in secret a book-length manuscript that tantalized mathematicians and scientists throughout Europe. For fear of ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, drawn by rumors of a revolution to rival the religious upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. Two years later, the Protestant youth took leave of his aging Catholic mentor and arranged to have Copernicus's manuscript published, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)-the book that forever changed humankind's place in the universe. In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. At the heart of the book is her play "And the Sun Stood Still," imagining Rheticus's struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day.


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    Title
    A More Perfect Heaven
    Subtitle
    How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dava Sobel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 273
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802778949
    ISBN 10: 0802778941
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
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    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC21: 520.92
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/16CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000
    B&T Approval Code: A52120000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    B&T Approval Code: A52700000
    DC22: 520.92
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 520.9/2
    LC classification: QB501 .S75 2011
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps, figures
    Publisher
    Walker & Company
    Imprint name
    Walker & Company
    Publication date
    16 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Dava Sobel is the acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling titles "Longitude," "Galileo's Daughter," "The Illustrated Longitude," and "The Planets." She lives in East Hampton, New York.
    Review quote
    "Ms. Sobel is an elegant stylist, a riveting and efficient storyteller, a writer who can bring the dustiest of subjects to full-blooded life -- poignant, in the case of Galileo; cautious but also loving, loyal and feisty in the case of Copernicus." --Katherine Bouton, "New York Times" "Lively, inventive...a masterly specimen of close-range cultural history. Ms. Sobel certainly brings Copernicus to life, perhaps better than any other author. Ms. Sobel presents a thoroughly researched and eminently readable account of a major scientist who celebrated the sun yet lurks in the shadows." - "The Wall Street Journal" "Dava Sobel describes [Copernicus's] life and his legacy in her enjoyable "A More Perfect Heaven..".[A] delightful immersion into tumultuous times...All this history is just the background for the heart of Sobel's book: the meeting of the aged Copernicus with the young German mathematician Georg Joachim Rheticus, who had heard of Copernicus's ideas and traveled to Polan