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Hardcover Nicolaus Copernicus: Making the Earth a Planet Book

ISBN: 0195161734

ISBN13: 9780195161731

Nicolaus Copernicus: Making the Earth a Planet

(Part of the Oxford Portraits in Science Series)

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Born in Poland in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus launched a quiet revolution. No scientist so radically transformed our understanding of our place in the universe as this curious bishop's doctor and church official. In his quest to discover a beautiful and coherent system to describe the motions of the planets, Copernicus placed the sun in the center of the system and made the earth a planet traveling around the sun. Today it is hard to imagine our solar...

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Succinct yet interesting

Having read and reviewed Gingerich's "The Book Nobody Read", I decided to order his & MacLachlan's "Nicolaus Copernicus", eventho' it seemed overpriced for a small book aimed at `young adults'. It succinctly yet interestingly portrays Copernicus' life and work using diagrams to describe the astronomy without resorting to math, so it seems well suited to bright teenage readers (altho' it's been sixty years since I was a teenager). Undoubtedly Oxford uses a library binding so the book can survive the rigors of high-school libraries which explains its price. And it contains far more information than available on Encarta so it's a good resource for students' research projects (or old geezers' curiosity).
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