Friday, December 28, 2012

Copernicus and His Revolutions

This video surveys the background and work of Nicolaus Copernicus, leading up to his De revolutionibus and its initial reception. It is NOT recommended for watching in a single session, due to its compact and very dense exposition. Divide it into about 3 episodes. Total length: about 75 mins. (Written and produced by Kerry Magruder. Not polished, but hopefully better than a PowerPoint.)

This show provides an overview of the life and work of Nicolaus Copernicus, with an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of his heliocentric model as they were perceived at the time. this show places Copernicus and the “Copernican revolution” in historical context by providing a sense of the state of mathematical astronomy when Copernicus was educated as a young man, and also briefly surveying the reception of Copernican ideas up to about 1620. (from Copernicus and His Revolutions)

Related Links:
Books and Films - Nicolaus Copernicus

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