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The book nobody read : chasing the revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich( Book )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: In the spring of 1543 as the celebrated astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, lay on his death bed, his fellow clerics brought him a long-awaited package: the final printed pages of the book he had worked on for many years: De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). Though Copernicus would not live to hear of its extraordinary impact, his book, which first suggested that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of the universe, is today recognized as one of the most influential scientific works of all time--thanks in part to astrophysicist Owen Gingerich. Four and a half centuries after its initial publication, Gingerich embarked on an epic quest to see in person all extant copies of the first and second editions of De revolutionibus. He was inspired by two contradictory pieces of information: Arthur Koestler's claim, in his book The Sleepwalkers, that nobody had read Copernicus's book when it was published; and Gingerich's discovery, in Edinburgh, of a first edition richly annotated in the margins by the leading teacher of astronomy in Europe in the 1540s. If one copy had been so quickly appreciated, Gingerich reasoned, perhaps others were as well--and perhaps they could throw new light on a hinge point in the history of astronomy. After three decades of investigation, and after traveling hundreds of thousands of miles across the globe--from Melbourne to Moscow, Boston to Beijing--Gingerich has written an utterly original book built on his experience and the remarkable insights gleaned from examining some 600 copies of De revolutionibus. He found the books owned and annotated by Galileo, Kepler and many other lesser-known astronomers whom he brings back to life, which illuminate the long, reluctant process of accepting the Sun-centered cosmos and highlight the historic tensions between science and the Catholic Church. He traced the ownership of individual copies through the hands of saints, heretics, scalawags, and bibliomaniacs. He was called as the expert witness in the theft of one copy, witnessed the dramatic auction of another, and proves conclusively that De revolutionibus was as inspirational as it was revolutionary. Part biography of a book, part scientific exploration, part bibliographic detective story, The Book Nobody Read recolors the history of cosmology and offers new appreciation of the enduring power of an extraordinary book and its ideas
The eye of heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler by Owen Gingerich( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
The physical sciences in the twentieth century by Owen Gingerich( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nature of scientific discovery: a symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

18 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is based on the papers and discussions at a 1973 symposium organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus. The three sections of the book document the major aspects of the anniversary celebration: the Festival, the Symposium, and the Collegia. Both the Symposium and Collegia sections include selected papers concerning Copernicus and the larger theme of the process of discovery. Specific topics include science and society in the age of Copernicus, tradition in science, the spirit of innovation in the sixteenth century, mainsprings of scientific discovery, and the Wittenburg interpretation of the Copernican theory. (Mh)
God's universe / Owen Gingerich by Owen Gingerich( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in a universe with a very long history, a vast cosmos where things are being worked out over unimaginably long ages. Stars and galaxies have formed, and elements come forth from great stellar cauldrons. The necessary elements are present, the environment is fit for life, and slowly life forms have populated the earth. Are the creative forces purposeful, and in fact divine? Owen Gingerich believes in a universe of intention and purpose. We can at least conjecture that we are part of that purpose and have just enough freedom that conscience and responsibility may be part of the mix. They may even be the reason that pain and suffering are present in the world. The universe might actually be comprehensible. Taking Johannes Kepler as his guide, Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design--that indeed the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. The scientist with theistic metaphysics will approach laboratory problems much the same as does his atheistic colleague across the hall. Both are likely to view the astonishing adaptations in nature with a sense of surprise, wonder, and mystery
Cosmology + 1 : readings from Scientific American( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star struck : one thousand years of the art and science of astronomy by Ronald Brashear( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frontiers in astronomy; readings from Scientific American( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Source book in astronomy and astrophysics, 1900-1975 by Kenneth R Lang( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and German and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical note: GingerichOwen: Owen Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science, Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
New frontiers in astronomy : readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich( Book )

16 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmigraphics : picturing space through time by Michael Benson( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selecting artful and profound illustrations and maps, many hidden away in the world's great science libraries and virtually unknown today, Benson chronicles more than 1,000 years of humanity's ever-expanding understanding of the size and shape of space itself. He shows how the invention of the telescope inspired visions of unimaginably distant places and explains why today we turn to supercomputer simulations to reveal deeper truths about space-time
The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical history by Owen Gingerich( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific genius and creativity : readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's planet by Owen Gingerich( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With exoplanets being discovered daily, Earth is still the only planet we know of that is home to creatures who seek a coherent explanation for the structure, origins, and fate of the universe, and of humanity's place within it. Today, science and religion are the two major cultural entities on our planet that share this goal of coherent understanding, though their interpretation of evidence differs dramatically. Many scientists look at the known universe and conclude we are here by chance. The renowned astronomer and historian of science Owen Gingerich looks at the same evidence - along with the fact that the universe is comprehensible to our minds - and sees it as proof for the planning and intentions of a Creator-God. He believes that the idea of a universe without God is an oxymoron, a self-contradiction. God's Planet exposes the fallacy in thinking that science and religion can be kept apart. Gingerich frames his argument around three questions: Was Copernicus right, in dethroning Earth from its place at the center of the universe? Was Darwin right, in placing humans securely in an evolving animal kingdom? And was Hoyle right, in identifying physical constants in nature that seem singularly tuned to allow the existence of intelligent life on planet Earth? Using these episodes from the history of science, Gingerich demonstrates that cultural attitudes, including religious or antireligious beliefs, play a significant role in what passes as scientific understanding. The more rigorous science becomes over time, the more clearly God's handiwork can be comprehended
400 years of the telescope : a journey of science, technology and thought( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The film features interviews with leading astrophysicists and cosmologists from the world's renowned universities and observatories, who explain concepts ranging from Galileo's act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including startling new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy - a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe."--Container
Astrophysics and twentieth-century astronomy to 1950( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planetary, lunar, and solar positions : new and full moons, A.D. 1650-1805 by Owen Gingerich( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wittich connection : conflict and priority in late sixteenth-century cosmology by Owen Gingerich( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planet by Owen Gingerich( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief biography of Nicolaus Copernicus, the doctor, lawyer, and church official who developed the theory that the planets revolved around the sun, and includes information on his early life, and the events that lead to his discovery
The astronomy revolution : 400 years of exploring the cosmos by New Vision 400( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exploring research domains involved with astronomy and cosmology, this interdisciplinary volume investigates and explains how the field has affected human life and perceptions of the universe. Chapters cover the historical background of the field, past and current research, the science behind astronomy, and open question raised by modern astronomical and cosmological research. Many contributors offer unique overviews of the field, covering creativity and technology in discovery, the impact of telescopes, challenges in astronomy, and questions raised by new knowledge. Appendices provide chapter summaries, contributor bios, and ellipsis projects"--
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The book nobody read : chasing the revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
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The eye of heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, KeplerGod's universe / Owen GingerichStar struck : one thousand years of the art and science of astronomyA Source book in astronomy and astrophysics, 1900-1975The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical historyNicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planet