The Book Nobody Read: In Pursuit of the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus.
London, William Heinemann, 2004. Size: Octavo. Pages: XII, 306 pages. Original Hardcover with protective Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Owen Jay Gingerich ( born 1930) is professor emeritus of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. In addition to his research and teaching, he has written many books on the history of astronomy. Gingerich was born to a Mennonite family in Washington, Iowa, but was raised on the prairies of Kansas where he first became interested in astronomy. His father, Melvin Gingerich, taught at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, from 1941 to 1947, when he took a job at Goshen College in Indiana. He travelled to Poland in 1946 as a seagoing cowboy. When his family relocated, Owen Gingerich began attending Goshen College without having graduated from high school, having just completed his junior year. He continued his studies at Harvard University. In 2004, Newton High School awarded him an honorary high school diploma. Gingerich is a widely recognized authority on both Johannes Kepler and Nicolaus Copernicus, especially in regard to his De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. He is also an expert on Galileo's astronomical observations, and took a leading role in establishing that the watercolor lunar images in a celebrated copy of Galileo's Sidereus nuncius were modern forgeries and not made by Galileo. (Wikipedia).
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