Recentering the universe: the radical theories of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo

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Twenty-First Century Books,
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In the sixth century B.C.E., the Greek philosopher Anaximander theorized that Earth was at the center of the cosmos. That idea became ingrained in scientific thinking and Christian religious beliefs for more than one thousand years. Defiance of church doctrine could mean death, so no one dared dispute this long-accepted idea. No one except a handful of courageous scientists. In the 1500s and 1600s, men like Nicolaus Copernicus, Johanned Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton began to ask questions. What if Earth actually orbited the sun, instead of the other way around? What if the universe was much bigger than anyone imagined? These scientists risked their reputations--even their lives--to challenge the very heart of Catholic dogma and scientific tradition. Yet, in less than 200 years, their radical thinking overturned theories that had lasted more than a millennium. Join these bold thinkers on the journey of discovery that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos.

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subject_facet Astronomy -- History -- Juvenile literature
Astronomy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- Juvenile literature
title_display Recentering the universe : the radical theories of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo
title_full Recentering the universe : the radical theories of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo / Ron Miller
title_short Recentering the universe :
title_sub the radical theories of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo
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Christianity
History
Religious aspects