10-23-07 - The Reception of De Revolutionisus o Rheticus...

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The Reception of De Revolutionisus o Rheticus and the “Narratio Prima” Only mathematical astronomer that felt that Copernicus was right and that the Harmonies should be taken seriously o Wittenberg: Erasmus Reinhold and the Prutenic Tables; caspar peucer Reinhold Use Copernicus for computations but do not make the assumption as Copernicus did that the world moved Thought that Copernicus gave useful mathematical devices but that you did not have to accept them as literally the truth because it was the relative motions that matter, so whether you say the earth was moving or other things were moving was irrelevant. o Known as the “wittenberg interpretation.” This became a very popular choice of Latin astronomers. Caspar Peucer was also an important astronomer alongside Reinhold From the point of view of Copernicus he would have at least been happy that his book was being used even if they weren’t agreeing with his main point Taking the Harmonies Seriously: People in 1500s begin to take his models seriously o Tycho Brahe and Uraniborg (Hveen) Tycho was impressed by the elegance of Copernicus’ system especially with idea that all planetary orbits are fixed within set sizes that allowed you to tell how far away things are. While appreciating these points he does not for a minute except that the Earth is moving. It seems physically impossible to him that the earth we live on could be moving. He was willing to tamper with other elements of the Aristotelian physics, however, because of supernova. This is a new star that came into the sky. It called into question the idea that the heavens are unchanging. He himself becomes an astronomical observer, He was from a noble family. He had studies at wittenberg. The king of Denmark gave him an island of his own called Hveen. Tycho builds his own observatory, called uarniborg, on the island. Tycho used the people who lived on the Island for 20 years until 1597 as laborers. Tycho was reputed to have an artificial nose Tycho made scrupulous night by night observations. He also set up a printing press on his Island, working of the regimantanus model of how to be a renaissance scholar. He prints up very fancy books and he gives them as gifts.
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2007 for the course S&TS 2811 taught by Professor Dear, p during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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