Stargazers : Copernicus, Galileo, the Telescope and the Church
The period from 1500-1700 saw an unprecendented renaissance in astronomy and the understanding of the heavens. In this magnificent tour de force, scientific historian Dr Allan Chapman guides us through two hundred years of mapping the stars. He shows how Copernicus, Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler were all part of a huge movement, which included many churchmen, questing for knowledge of the skies. Chapman explores whether Galileo and his ilk were so unusual for their time, bright sparks of knowledge in a sea of ignorance. Or were contemporary Popes, churchmen, and rulers actually fascinated by astronomy, and open to new ideas? Within these pages Copernicus and Galileo find company with Jesuit missionary astronomers in China, Calvinist physicists in Leiden, Bishop John Wilkins's "Flying Chariot" destined for the moon, Johannes Hevelius, Jeremiah Horrocks, Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton, the early Royal Society, and the Revd James Bradley, who finally detected the earth's motion in space in 1728.
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- 17 Oct 2014
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Allan Chapman's new book gives us a graphic portrait of science from Aristotle to the Enlightenment. There are many valuable nuggets along the way. But the gold in the book for me is the conclusive demonstration that modern science came out of western religion which is integral and even essential to its launch and direction. This is a much needed radical addition to the prevailing notions of the Enlightenment. -- Melvyn Bragg, journalist and broadcaster
About Allan Chapman
Allan Chapman teaches History of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and author of ten books, including Gods in the Sky and Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance, Slaying the Dragons and Stargazers. He has appeared in history of science documentaries on BBC2, Channels 4 and 5, and National Geographic, as well as appearing on BBC TV's 'Sky at Night' programme.