The Copernican Question
Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order
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Praise For The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order…
— Times Literary Supplement
“[An] enormously erudite treatment.”
“A rich, multifaceted work.”
— Renaissance Quarterly
“Westman proposes a radically new approach to his subject, which will surprise more than one specialist in Copernican studies.”
— Journal For The History Of Astronomy
"This is a towering achievement. . . .Westman is a gifted writer who knows how to maintain the interest of the reader who is not an expert in astronomy."
— American Historical Review
“Westman takes readers back to the 15th century, showing the transformation of thought from mysticism and astrological predictions to the beginning of modern science, with the contributions of Galileo and Newton. - Recommended.”
“This important work—massive, original, provocative, and potentially transformational—is the culmination of a lifetime’s work.”
— Quest: History Of Spaceflight
“This substantial book is magnificent in command of materials and in its clear presentation of them all. We see astrology giving way to astronomy. We understand the forces both progressive and regressive in the age of vast alteration beginning in the last decade of the fifteenth century. We grasp the movement toward the first decade of the seventeenth. . . . With extraordinary illustrations, this is a wonderful book.“
— Bibliotheque D'humanisme Et Renaissance
“An extraordinary book written by one of the finest historians of science.”
— New Books In Science, Technology, And Society
"[A] powerful, thoughtful reinterpretation of the entire period from around 1500 to around
1700. . .This is an important book. Get it and read it carefully. . . . Westman has made a major contribution to the new picture that is emerging of Copernicus's life and work."
"a radical and largely unanticipated interpretation of the history of Copernican heliocentrism. . .This book is indispensable and will remain at the center of the scholarly debate for a long time to come."
"The Copernican Question opens a number of significant interpretive paths. . .It reframes Copernicus deeply in the social practices and institutions of early modern mathematical culture [and] gives the broadest, richest account yet available of the pan-European institutional dynamics of that culture."
— Fides et Historia
". . .a towering achievement not only because it covers an extended period of time but also because Westman is a gifted writer who knows how to maintain the interest of the reader who is not an expert in astronomy."
— American Historical Review
"Without a doubt, The Copernican Question is a landmark in what was already one of the most intensely studied topics in the history of science."
— The British Journal for the History of Science
University of California Press, 9780520355699, 702pp.
Publication Date: April 21, 2020