By Dava Sobel
By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had constructed an preliminary define of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied good judgment and acquired knowledge to put the sunlight, and never the earth, on the middle of our universe, and set the earth spinning one of the different planets. Over the subsequent twenty years, Copernicus accelerated his idea and compiled in mystery a book-length manuscript that tantalized mathematicians and scientists all through Europe. For worry of ridicule, he refused to put up.
In 1539, a tender German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, drawn through rumors of a revolution to rival the non secular upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, traveled to Poland to find Copernicus. years later, the Protestant adolescence took go away of his getting older Catholic mentor and organized to have Copernicus's manuscript released, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)-the e-book that eternally replaced humankind's position within the universe.
In her based, compelling type, Dava Sobel chronicles, as not anyone has, the conflicting personalities and outstanding discoveries that formed the Copernican Revolution. on the center of the booklet is her play "And the sunlight Stood Still," imagining Rheticus's fight to persuade Copernicus to allow his manuscript see the sunshine of day.