By Dava Sobel
By 1514, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had built an preliminary define of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied logic and acquired knowledge to put the solar, 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 concept 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 via rumors of a revolution to rival the spiritual upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, traveled to Poland to search out 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 ebook that without end replaced humankind's position within the universe.
In her stylish, compelling sort, Dava Sobel chronicles, as no one has, the conflicting personalities and impressive discoveries that formed the Copernican Revolution. on the middle of the publication is her play "And the sunlight Stood Still," imagining Rheticus's fight to persuade Copernicus to enable his manuscript see the sunshine of day.