Uncentering the Earth: Copernicus and The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (Great Discoveries)
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I have never been great with geometry so the parts in which Vollman introduces the reader to Copernicus way of ...more
What I wanted was an explanation of how Copernicus managed to reason out that the sun is the center of the solar system, not the earth. Near the end of the book the author actually apologizes for not delivering what I was seeking.
Doing some research I learn that this book is one of a series written on the great scientific discoveries of history - but get this - written by ...more
Though Norton's Great Discoveries series intends to bring science to the general reader, Vollmann's measure of success in that endeavor proves as divisive as the theory he tries to explicate. Fresh from a National Book Award for his omnibus novel Europe Central (***1/2 July/Aug 2005), Vollmann claims amateur status as an astronomer and then busies his pages with intelligent, intricate readings of Copernicus's thought. Critics feeling he has done an admirable job beseech the reader to be patient:...more