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TitleThe Reception of Copernicus' Heliocentric Theory [electronic resource] : Proceedings of a Symposium Organized by the Nicolas Copernicus Committee of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science Toruล{132}, Poland 1973 / edited by Jerzy Dobrzycki
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1972
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Descript VIII, 368 p. online resource


In 1965 the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science founded the Nicolas Copernicus Committee whose main task was to explore the means by th which different nations could co-operate in celebrating the 5 centenary of the great scholar's birth. The committee initiated the publication of a collection of studies dealing with the effect that Copernicus' theory has had on scientific developments in centres of learning all over the world. An Editorial Board, consisting of J. Dobrzycki (Warsaw), J. R. Ravetz (Leeds), H. Sandblad (Goteborg) and B. Sticker (Hamburg), was nominated. We found that our initiative aroused a lively interest among Copernicus scholars; the present volume, with 11 articles by authors from nine American, Asian and European countries, contains the result of their research. It appears in the series 'Studia Coperยญ nicana' by agreement with the Polish Academy of Science, and we hope to publish a number of other contributions in a subsequent volume. We are happy to say that our efforts have been fruitful and that this volume presents not only several in-depth studies, but also a more general survey of the rules governing the evolution of science, rules set within the framework of Copernicus' theory as it developed among various nations and in various scientific institutions over the centuries. It has been shown once again that, 500 years after his birth, the work of Copernicus remains a source of scientific interest and continues to stimulate fresh study and research


The Comet and the Cosmos: Kepler, Mรคstlin and the Copernican Hypothesis -- Copernican Influence on Tycho Brahe -- Die Kopernikanische Konsequenz fรผr den Zeitbegriff -- From Negation to Acceptance (The Reception of the Heliocentric Theory in Polish Schools in the 17th and 18th centuries) -- How Copernicanism took root in Denmark and Norway -- Diffusion of Copernicanism in Japan -- The Copernican System in Great Britain -- The Reception of the Copernican System in Sweden -- Copernicus in Spain -- Science for the People: Copernicanism and Newtonianism in the Almanacs of Early America -- The Reception of Copernicanism in Hungary (A Contribution to the History of Natural Philosophy and Physics in the 17th and 18th centuries) -- Index of Names

Philosophy Philosophy and science Planetology Observations Astronomical Astronomy -- Observations Philosophy Philosophy of Science Planetology Astronomy Observations and Techniques


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