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Ing Following his observations of the heavenly bodies Nicolaus Copernicusabandoned the geocentric system for a heliocentric model with the sun at the center His remarkable wor It wasn’t until some 70 years later helped by Galileo‘s stubbornness that the heliocentric universe posited by Copernicus’ book resulted in the Roman Catholic Church decree that heliocentrism was heresy Copernicus expressed his fear of this reaction or likely the scorn of the mathematical community in his Preface and Dedication to Pope Paul III With great humility he submitted the work as a life long product of observation and study Despite his fears of discarding a thousand years of a Ptolemic geocentric universe he asserted that “mathematics is written for mathematicians” pg 7 Copernicus is uietly assured of the value of his calculations He also finds support from his theory among history Copernicus notes Cicero mentioned Nicetas thought the Earth moved and that Plutarch wrote that Philolaus the Pythagorean said the Earth moved in an obliuely circular motion around “the fire” interestingly this is not a reference to the sun because Philolaus though the moon and sun moved around “the fire” as wellAnd then I get lost Much like the work he was refuting Ptolemy’s Almagest euations charts and graphs dominate the book Then again this book wasn’t written for me It was written for mathematicians For those of us unversed in the mechanics of astronomical configuration we are simply left in awe of those disciplined enough to be so

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De revolutionibus orbium caelestiumThe Ptolemaic system of the universe with the earth at the center had held sway since antiuity as authoritative in philosophy science and De revolutionibus PDF or church teach And though all these things are difficult almost inconceivable and uite contrary to the opinion of the multitude nevertheless in what follows we will with God’s help make them clearer than day—at least for those who are not ignorant of the art of mathematics The Copernican Revolution has become the prime exemplar of all the great transformations in our knowledge of the world—a symbol of scientific advance the paradigmatic clash of reason and religion a shining illustration of how cold logic can beat out old prejudices Yet reading this groundbreaking book immediately after attempting Ptolemy’s Almagest—the Bible of geocentric astronomy—reveals far similarities than differences Otto Neugebauer was correct in calling Copernicus’s system an ingenious modification of Hellenistic astronomy for it must be read against the background of Ptolemy in order to grasp its significanceThe most famous section of De revolutionibus was ironically not even written by Copernicus but by the presumptuous Andreas Osiander a Lutheran theologian who was overseeing the publication of the book and who included a short preface without consulting or informing Copernicus Knowing that Copernicus’s hypothesis could prove controversial Luther considered it heretical Osiander attempted to minimize its danger by asserting that it was merely a way of calculating celestial positions and did not represent physical reality “for it is not necessary that the hypotheses should be true or even probable; but it is enough if they provide a calculate which fits the observations”Though this assertion obviously contradicts the body of the work in which Copernicus argues at length for the reality of the earth’s movement and though Copernicus and his friends were outraged by the insertion it did help to shield the book from censure And arguably Osiander was being a good and true Popperian—believing that science is concerned with making accurate predictions not in giving us “the truth” In any case Osiander was no doubt correct in this assertion “For it is sufficiently clear that this art is absolutely and profoundly ignorant of the causes of the apparent irregular movements” Neither Ptolemy nor Copernicus had any coherent explanation of what caused the orbits of the planets which would not come until EinsteinAfter this little interpolation Copernicus himself wastes no time in proclaiming the mobility of the earth In retrospect it is remarkable that it took such a long stretch of history for the heliocentric idea to emerge For it instantly explains many phenomena which in the Ptolemaic system are completely baffling Why do the inner planets Venus and Mercury move within a fixed distance of the sun Why does the perigee the closest point in the orbit of the outer planets Mars Jupiter Saturn occur when they are at opposition ie when they are opposite in the sky from the sun and why does their apogee the farthest point occur when they are in conjunction when they are hidden behind the sun And why do the planets sometimes appear to move backwards relative to the fixed starsBut putting the earth in orbit between Venus and Mars neatly and instantly explains all of these mysteries Mercury and Venus always appear a fixed distance from the sun because they are orbiting within the earth’s orbital circle and thus from our position appear to go back and forth around the sun Mars Jupiter and Saturn by contrast can appear at any longitudinal distance from the sun because their orbits are outsider ours; but if Mars' orbit were tracked from Jupiter for example it would like Venus and Mercury appear to go back and forth around the sun Also note that Mars will appear to go “backwards” from earth when earth overtakes the red planet due to our planet’s shorter orbital period And since Mars will be closest when it is on the same side of the sun as earth opposition from the sun and furthest when it is on far side of the sun conjunction with the sun this also explains the apogee and perigee positions of the outer planetsThis allows Copernicus to collapse five circles—one for each of the planets which were needed in the Ptolemaic system to account for these anomalies—into one circle namely the earth’s orbit The advantages are palpable Nevertheless while I think the benefits of putting the planets in orbit around the sun are obvious perhaps even to a traditionalist it is not obvious why Copernicus should put the earth in motion around the sun rather than the reverse Indeed this is exactly what the eminent astronomer Tycho Brahe did several generations later For it makes no observational difference whether the sun or the earth is in motion And in the Aristotelian physics of the time the former solution makes a great deal sense since the heavens were supposed to be constituted of lightest elements and the earth of the heaviest elements So how could the heavy earth move so uickly What is there is no concept of inertia in Aristotelian physics and so no explanation for why people would not fly off the earth if it were in rapid motion Copernicus takes a brief stab at answering these obvious counterarguments even offering a primitive notion of inertia “As a matter of fact when a ship floats on over a tranuil sea all the things outside seem to the voyagers to be moving in a movement which is the image of their own and they think on the contrary that they themselves and all the things with them are at rest” Even so it is obvious that such a brief example does not suffice to refute the entire Aristotelian system Clearly a whole new concept of physics was needed if the earth was to be in motion one which did not arrive until Isaac Newton born nearly two hundred years after Copernicus It took a certain amount of boldness or obtuseness for Copernicus to proclaim the earth’s motion without at all being able to explain how the heaviest object in the universe—or so they believed—could hurtle through space In structure and content De revolutionibus follows the Algamest pretty closely beginning with mathematical preliminaries onward to the orbits of the sun or in this case the earth the moon and the planets—with plenty of tables to aid calculation—as well as a description of his astronomical instruments and a chart of star locations and finally ending with deviations in celestial latitude how far the planets deviate north and south from the ecliptic in their orbits Copernicus was even wedded than Ptolemy to the belief that celestial objects travel in perfect circles which leads him to repudiate Ptolemy’s use of the euant the point around which a planet moves at a constant speed The use of the euant upset Copernicus’s sense of elegance you see since its center is different from the actual orbit’s center thus reuiring two overlapping circles Copernicus’s own solution was an epicyclet which revolves twice westward clockwise from the celestial north pole for each rotation eastward on the deferent And so ironically though Ptolemy is sometimes mocked for using epicycles Copernicus followed the same path I also find it amusing that the combined effect of these circular motions in both Ptolemy and Copernicus added up to a non circular orbit; clearly nature had different notions of elegance than these astronomers In any case it would have to wait until Kepler that it was realized that the planets actually follow an ellipsePerhaps the greatest irony is that Copernicus’s book is not any easier to use than Ptolemy’s as a recipe book for planetary positions Now it is far beyond my powers to even attempt such a calculation But in his Very Short Introduction to Copernicus which I recommend Owen Gingerich takes the reader through the steps to calculation the position of Mars on Copernicus’s birthday February 19 1473 To do this you needed the radix which is a root position of the planet recorded at a specified time; and you also need the planet’s orbital speed the time needed for one complete orbit in this case 687 days The year must be converted into sexigesimal base 60 system and then converted in elapsed Egyptian years which lack a leap year in order to calculate the time elapsed since the date of the radix’s position in this case is January 1st 1 AD Then this sexigesimal number can be looked up in Copernicus’s tables; but this only gives us the location of Mars with respect to the sun To find out where it will appear in the sky we also need the location of earth which is another tedious process You get the ideaI read the bulk of this book while I was on vacation in rural Canada Faced with the choice between relaxation or self torture I naturally chose the latter While most of my time was spent scratching my head and helplessly scratching the page with a pencil the experience was enough to show me—as if I needed demonstration after Ptolemy—that astronomy is not for the faint of heart but reuires intelligence patience and careThere was one advantage to reading the book on vacation For it is the only time of year when I am in a place without light pollution The stars normally hiding behind street lights and apartment buildings shone in the hundreds I would have seen even were it not for the waxing moon But this did give me the opportunity to get out an old telescope—bought as a birthday present for a cousin over a decade ago—and examine the moon’s pitted surface It is humbling to think that even such basic technology was years ahead of Copernicus’s timeLooking at the brilliant grey circle surrounded by a halo of white light I felt connected to the generations of curious souls who looked at the same moon and the same stars searching for answers So Copernicus did not in other words entirely spoil my vacation