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Nicolaus Copernicus

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Copernicus’ treatise On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres marks the beginning of modern astronomy. It inaugurated the “Copernican Revolution” and inspired Kepler, Galileo, and Newton by placing the sun at the center of what could now only be called the “solar system.” Indeed, it was only the advocacy of Copernicus’ work by Kepler and Galileo that inspired the belated prohibition of this book in 1616 by the Catholic Church.

De Revolutionibus was a revolutionary new blueprint for the planetary system, in which the earth no longer rested solidly in the center of the cosmos but spun on its axis, revolving around a distant, fixed sun. Copernicus’ arguments seem highly compelling in retrospect, but his cosmology appeared ridiculous to his contemporaries. The first edition of his book
 probably numbered only 400 to 500 copies; Copernicus, elderly and bedridden, received the completed volume on the day he died.


-Commentary by Owen Gingerich, Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University
-Supplementary essay about bookworms
-Searchable, cross-linked English translation of the Latin text
-Magnify up to 400%


-Digital images of every page of this rare book, cover to cover, in full color, presented as uncropped spreads
-Print and Thumbnails files for creating printed references
-Adobe Reader 3.0 with Search software
-PDF file on CD-ROM with all of Adobe Reader’s viewing, navigation, and search features
-Octavo Digital Guide and Help files


- Adobe Reader 5.0 or later
- Windows PC with Pentium processor running Windows 95 or later
- Macintosh Power Mac running OS 9.2, or OS X 10.1 or later. Linux 2.2 kernel on X86 computer
- Color Monitor (15" or larger, capable of displaying millions of colors recommended)
- CD-ROM drive

The original book imaged for this edition: 10 15/16 x 8 3/16 inches (278 x 208 mm)
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