Stargazers Paperback

Galileo, Copernicus, the Telescope, and the Church

by Allan Chapman;

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Uncover the Church's intriguing relationship with astronomers and its true role in advancing the study of the heavens

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Stargazers presents a comprehensive history of how leading astronomers, such as Galileo and Copernicus, mapped the stars from 1500AD to around 1700AD.

Building on the work of the Greek and Arabian astrologers before him, church lawyer Nicholas Copernicus proposed the idea of a sun-centred universe. It was later popularized by Galileo - a brilliant debater whose abrasive style won him many enemies - and who presented new evidence, which suggested that the earth moved.

This thorough examination of the work of both men explores both their achievements and influences. It then traces the impact of their ideas on those who followed them, including Sir Francis Bacon, Dr John Wilkins, Dr Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton and Reverend Dr James Bradley.

Chapman investigates the church's role and its intriguing relationship with the astronomers of the day, rebutting the popular view that the Church was opposed to the study of astronomy. In fact, it led the search to discover more, and many leading churchmen were avid astronomers. In 1728, Copernicus's theory of the moving earth was finally proven by the young Reverend Dr James Bradley.

About the Author:
Allan Chapman teaches History of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and author of eight books, including Gods in the Sky and Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance. He has appeared in history of science documentaries on BBC2, Channels 4 and 5, and National Geographic, as well as appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Sky at Night’ programme.

Stargazers by Allan Chapman was published by Lion Hudson in October 2014 and is our 27779th best seller. The ISBN for Stargazers is 9780745956275.

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Details for Stargazers

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (October 2014)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages464
Thickness33 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4273933
Page last updated 1st May 2018
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