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

38 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,751 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
Nicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planet by Owen Gingerich( )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,568 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
God's planet by Owen Gingerich( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,489 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
The eye of heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler by Owen Gingerich( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 943 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 Nature of scientific discovery: a symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The physical sciences in the twentieth century by Owen Gingerich( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God's universe by Owen Gingerich( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 822 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
The astronomy revolution : 400 years of exploring the cosmos by Donald G York( )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 756 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"--
Cosmology + 1 : readings from Scientific American( Book )

16 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The night sky has always fascinated artists and scientists. This text illustrates some of the rarest books in the history of astronomy, drawn from the Huntington Library's collections and supplemented with Hubble Telescope images supplied by NASA and with manuscripts from the J. Paul Getty Museum
A Source book in astronomy and astrophysics, 1900-1975 by Kenneth R Lang( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and German and held by 694 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
Cosmigraphics : picturing space through time by Michael Benson( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 614 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
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 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frontiers in astronomy; readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical history by Owen Gingerich( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chance conversation and a surprising motto penned into a sixteenth-century astronomy classic prompted Owen Gingerich to begin his Great Copernicus Chase - a search for all existing copies of Copernicus' monumental De Revolutionibus. This adventure is the subject of the title essay in this collection of 36 episodes in the history of astronomy. Gingerich visits an amazing variety of geographical and chronological settings: the Alexandria of Aristarchus and Archimedes, Mogul India, Renaissance Rome, seventeenth-century London, Penobscot Bay, modern observatories of California, and Albert Einstein's "laboratory of the mind," among others. Originally he described these explorations in articles for Sky & Telescope, Scientific American, and other periodicals. They are collected here in popularly written and well-illustrated chapters which explore the origin of the zodiac, the secrets of detecting fake astrolabes, how optical astronomers beat radio astronomers in the race to discover the spiral arms of our Milky Way, and much more. Gingerich even provides a 'Stonehenge decoder' to allow you to illustrate seasonal sunrise alignments. Owen Gingerich's adventures in the history of astronomy are driven by a passionate interest in the nature of science, a love of travel, photography, and old books, and a journalist's flair for a good story. Trained as an astrophysicist, his research has ranged from the theoretical computation of stellar spectra to an annotated census of the first two printed editions of Copernicus's De Revolutionibus. Gingerich is Professor of Astronomy and History of Science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and currently chairs Harvard's History of Science Department
Scientific genius and creativity : readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

400 years of the telescope : a journey of science, technology and thought( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 422 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 )

in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy's Almagest by Ptolemy( )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2020 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ptolemy's Almagest is one of the most influential scientific works in history. A masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy. This translation, based on the standard Greek text of Heiberg, makes the work accessible to English readers in an intelligible and reliable form. It contains numerous corrections derived from medieval Arabic translations and extensive footnotes that take account of the great progress in understanding the work made in this century, due to the discovery of Babylonian records and other researches. It is designed to stand by itself as an interpretation of the original, but it will also be useful as an aid to reading the Greek text
Copernicus : a very short introduction by Owen Gingerich( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) is a pivotal figure in the birth of modern science. His vision of a sun-centered universe, shocking to many and unbelievable to most, turned out to be the essential blueprint for a physical understanding of celestial motions, triggering what is commonly called the In Copernican revolution. Owen Gingerich sets Copernicus in the context of a rapidly changing world, revealing that the heliocentric revolution was not dictated by observational 'proofs, ' but by a new way of looking at the cosmos in an era when both political and religious beliefs were shifting."--Front flap
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The book nobody read : chasing the revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus : making the Earth a planetThe eye of heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, KeplerGod's universeStar 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 historyPtolemy's Almagest
Alternative Names
Džindž"rič, Ouen

Gingaritchi, Ōuen

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Gingerich, O. 1930-

Gingerich, O. J.

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Gingerich, O. J. (Owen Jay), 1930-

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깅거리치, 오언 1930-

깅거리치, 오웬 1930-

깅그리치, 오언 1930-

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