On the revolutions of the heavenly spheres.
On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres
Here again is another treatment—this time we’ve fed itthe first 10 chapters of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (Onthe Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). As usual Wordle offers a very interestinginsight into word usage even though I was forced to limit the text selection toBook I and stop at the point where diagrams are used to illustrate thetext. Be that as it may, even in thislimited application, Wordle does surface some interesting bits from therelatively “popular” part of this revolutionary treatise.
Nicolaus Copernius, On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres講者：朱明中
The point that Dan Brown has tried to convey is that science is actually the proof of existence of God. This conflict between science and religion is centuries old. The ideas of Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe (1543), marked the start of a conflict between science and religion that has dogged Western thought ever since. He rejected the Churchs idea that the sun orbited the Earth, and proposed that the sun, not the Earth, was the centre of the Solar System; also publishing a book about it, known as De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres), which was a momentous achievement; despite the ban imposed on it by the church.
Of the classical astronomers, Copernicus is my favorite. He combines the best traitsof the theorist and the observer. In his treatise that in 1543 presented to the broadscientific public his Sun-centric theory of planetary motion, On the Revolutionsof Heavenly Spheres, Copernicus carefully develops his theory mathematically,and he skillfully marshals all of the available data in support of his theoryand in the criticism of the Ptolemaic epicycle theory of planetary motion that then dominated. The Ptolemaic system of the universe, with the earth at the center, had held sway since antiquity as authoritative in philosophy, science, and church teaching. Following his observations of the heavenly bodies, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) abandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, with the sun at the center. His remarkable work, "On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres," stands as one of the greatest intellectual revolutions of all time, and profoundly influenced, among others, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.