HIEU201Lecture37

HIEU201Lecture37 - HIEU 201 Dec 1st 2008 The Scientific...

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HIEU 201 Dec 1 st , 2008 The Scientific Revolution vs. Reading the Book of Nature? 1. The Conventional Story Nature and Nature’s Laws/lay hid in night;/God said let Newton be/And all was light - (Alexander Pope) a. The Heavens i. Before: Ptolemaic Worldview, Aristotle’s Universe, Ptolemaic Epicycles ii. Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) 1. On the Revolution of Heavenly Bodies , 1543 2. Heliocentric Vision is “useful construct” iii. Problems with Copernicus 1. Still needed complex epicycles 2. How can the Earth, which is heavy, hang in the heavens? 3. It contradicts Aristotle 4. It contradicts the Bible: iv. Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) 1. Uraniborg: 1572-73 Crab Nebula, 1577 new comet 2. Prague: Emperor Rudolph II v. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) 1. The Problem of the Pathway of Mars 2. Laws of Planetary Motion vi. Galileo Galilei: the role of patrons 1. 1600 Giordano Bruno burnt 2. 1610, Starry Messenger 3. 1615, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina 4. 1632,
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