By: Giocchino Jack Urso

The Literature of the Copernican Revolution surveys the major literary works of Nicholas Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton that contributed the acceptance of the heliocentric (sun-centered) system over the geocentric (earth-centered) system. The influences of some of the ancient Greek scientists and early Arabic scholars will be discussed as well as the impact each book made to the overall development of the Copernican Revolution. The general content of each work is discussed and placed in context with the other books being surveyed.

The works under consideration are Copernicus'
Commentariolous and De Revolutionibus, Brahe's The New Star and Introductory Exercises Toward a Restored Astronomy, Kepler's Astronomia Nova and Harmony of the World, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems and The Two New Sciences, and Newton's Principia Mathematica. Although some biographical elements of the authors are provided, only those details directly related to the works being reviewed are included.

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