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List of Diagrams 00 Notes 00 Why the Universe Screams 00 Exegesis: Osiander's Preface and I.1/4 00 Once upon a time, beneath an unspotted sun - Provenance of the preface - Rev. I.1: What ought to be must be - Spherical finitude - I.2: The spherical Earth - Starry proofs - I.3: Proportioning water on the Earth - I.4: Eternal circles, circles around circles - The ecliptic and the Zodiac - The equinoxes - Ecliptic wriggles - A complaint against contrary movements - I.4 (cont'd): "We must however confess that the movements are circular" - On guard. What We Believed: Cosmology 00 Centeredness as inevitability - Twelve impieties - Ptolemy's justifications - Polish courtyards - The dead hand - Epicycles - Diagram of a water-mill - Equants - The parable of the Alphonsine Tables - One thing with many effects. Exegesis: I.5 00 What We Believed: Motion 00 Earth's appropriate position - Natural versus compulsory motion - Willed perfection - "Circular movement belongs to wholes and rectilinear to parts" - Stillness. Exegesis: I.5 (cont'd)/I.9 00 I.5: "Does the Earth have a circular movement?" - I.6: The geometry of heavenly immensity - 1.7/9: Copernicus almost defines gravity - A digression on Neptune's atmosphere - A sub-digression on the Coriolis Effect - "Then what should we say about the clouds?" - I.9: Centering the sun. The Limits of Observation in 1543 00 How easy it used to be to save the appearances! - Foucault's pendulum - "Bequeathed like a legacy" - "Binoculars are usually needed." Exegesis: I.10/14 00 I.10: Simplifying and rearranging the heavenly spheres - I.11: The Earth's three movements - I.12/14: Some theorems of plane and spherical geometry. Orbits of Venus 00 "In line with the Water-Bearer's testicles" - Parallax - Another perfect circle - "Then what will they say is contained in all this space?" - "An easier and more convenient demonstration" - "More complicated than the Ptolemaic system" - "But now the Telescope manifestly shows these horns." Exegesis: Book II 00 II.1/2: Uncentering definitions - II.3/14: Tables and transformations. What We Believed: Scriptures 00 The parable of the lodestone - Exempt from re-examination - The status of the sun when Lot came to Zo'ar - "Aided by spiritual insight" - Twenty-four centuries since Creation - Axioms of Scriptural astronomy - The leaden square - "The Sun did run much more than 7,000 miles." Exegesis: Book III 00 III.1/3: Spica's variables - III.3/4: The lost ellipse - III.5/26: Eccentrics, epicycles and an uncentered Earth. Silent to the End 00 "A pale, insignificant figure" - Postludes to an occultation - Fish days and meat days in Gynopolis - "Nobody shall have any proper pretext to suspect evil of me hereafter" - Safe at last. Exegesis: Book IV 00 IV.2/4: "I say that the lunar appearances agree" - IV.4/32: Distances, diameters, volumes. The Pillars of Hercules 00 "I doubt not that certain savants have taken great offense" - To the Eighth Circle - Herschel's looming universe. Exegesis: Book V 00 V.1/5: The Martian circles - V.4/36: Rescuing Mercury from injury and disparagement. Assessments 00 "Rotting in a coffer" - False supposition, true demonstration. Exegesis: Book VI 00 VI.1/8: Inclination, obliquation, deviation - VI.9: "Except that in the case of Mercury . . ." Simplicity 00 Astrologers' shameful recourse - Epilogue to Mercury's obliquation - Back to iron-grubbing - But the universe screamed. Burnings 00 The Medicean planets - Resolutely Copernican . . ."How great would have been thy joy" . . ."Newly emerging values still seeking intellectual justification" - "Safely back on a solid Earth." Chronology 00 Glossary 00 Sources 00 Bibliography 00 Acknowledgments 00
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543. De revolutionibus orbium caelestium.
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543 -- Influence.
Solar system -- Early works to 1800.
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.