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Gingerich, Owen

Works: 266 works in 496 publications in 2 languages and 14,586 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Biography  Juvenile works  Documentary television programs  Science television programs 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Collaborator, Honoree, Photographer, Translator
Classifications: QB15, 520.9
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The book nobody read : chasing the revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
19 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,804 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 time₇thanks 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 physical sciences in the twentieth century by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The eye of heaven : Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 942 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."--BOOK JACKET
The Nature of scientific discovery: a symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus ( Book )
5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
God's universe by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and German and held by 856 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 )
14 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nicolaus Copernicus making the Earth a planet by Owen Gingerich ( )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 801 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
Star struck : one thousand years of the art and science of astronomy by Ronald Brashear ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Frontiers in astronomy; readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New frontiers in astronomy : readings from Scientific American by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
10 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Source book in astronomy and astrophysics, 1900-1975 by Kenneth R Lang ( Book )
8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 642 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 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great Copernicus chase and other adventures in astronomical history by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 500 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 444 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 by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Wittich connection : conflict and priority in late sixteenth-century cosmology by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
10 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary, lunar, and solar positions : new and full moons, A.D. 1650-1805 by Owen Gingerich ( Book )
6 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theory and observation of normal stellar atmospheres; proceedings by Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Stellar Atmospheres ( Book )
7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Preface This book is a product of the New Vision 400 (NV400) conference held in Beijing in October 2008 in conjunction with the widely celebrated 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope in 1608 by Hans Lipperhey (see Like the conference, this book emphasizes the effects of technology on society and the origin of our understanding of a number of deep questions that arise out of scientific research, specifically astronomy and our knowledge of the cosmos. Looking beyond science questions to the role of moral responsibility in human civilizations, this volume offers the unique vantage points of contributions from both Eastern and Western cultures, which often differ dramatically in worldview and in knowledge. A Chinese-language edition of this book, to be published by Peking University Press, is also planned. Part I focuses on the general theme of creativity and technology in scientific--particularly astronomical--discovery and is based on presentations that were primarily aimed at young people at the public event preceding the NV400 conference. These discussions will be accessible to many readers regardless of their technical training. The editors structured the specific topics covered in Parts II through V around selected examples of well-recognized areas of astronomical knowledge, modern challenges, new technologies, and historical impact. The book concludes with Part VI, an investigation of "big questions": What is the origin of the laws of physics as we know them? Why do these specific laws exist? Are these laws the same everywhere? How do these scientific laws relate to the moral laws of society? Does what we know depend on cultural ways of asking the questions?"--
Solar and planetary longitudes for years -2500 to ₊2000 by 10-day intervals by William D Stahlman ( Book )
7 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Gingaritchi, Ōuen.
Gingerich, O., 1930-
Gingerich, O. J.
Gingerich, O. J., 1930-
Gingerich, Owen Jay
Gingerich, Owen Jay, 1930-
ギンガーリッチ, オーウェン
English (163)
German (2)