Lecture8 - Quiz 5: Signature Course UGS 303 (Fall 2009)...

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1 The History and Philosophy of Astronomy (Lecture 8: Copernicus) Instructor: Volker Bromm The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy Signature Course UGS 303 (Fall 2009) Quiz 5: • Question: (a) Express the following Maya number in our decimal system! (b) Express our number 144 in the Maya system! = 13x20 + 6x1 = 266 = (7x20 +4x1) Astronomy during the Renaissance (c. 1450 – 1600) • Rebirth of cultural activity in Europe! Botticelli Albrecht Dürer Intellectual Climate: Reformation (1517 onwards) • Restore lost original (pure) state of Church! Martin Luther
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2 Intellectual Climate: Humanism Ad fontes : Back to the sources! desire for classics! Erasmus of Rotterdam Pico della Mirandola Intellectual Climate: Neoplatonism • Search for underlying (mathematical) structure of reality! Marsilio Ficino • mathematical harmony • Sun worship Intellectual Climate: Fall of Constantinople 1453 • Escape of Greek scholars and texts to Italy! Intellectual Climate: Voyages of Discovery Columbus (1451-1506) Spanish and Portuguese exploration • New spirit of discovery!
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3 Intellectual Climate: Invention of Printing Press • Rapid dissemination of knowledge! Johannes Gutenberg Mainz, 1455 Nicolaus Copernicus • 1473 – 1543 De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1543, On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres) • What was he: - Frst modern astronomer? - last ancient astronomer? Copernicus: Forensic Reconstruction (2005) • At age ~70 Nicolaus Copernicus: Geography of his Life
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4 Copernicus: Studies in Italy Bologna • Bologna and Padua: astronomy, mathematics, medicine, law • Eventually: Doctorate in church law (Ferrara) Padua Copernicus: Canon at Frombork Cathedral • Q: What is a canon? Copernicus: De Revolutionibus (1543) • heliocentric model • Q: What motivated him? • Q: Structure of book?
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Lecture8 - Quiz 5: Signature Course UGS 303 (Fall 2009)...

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