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Unformatted text preview: This theory, which had been rigorously upheld by Aristotle and the ancient astronomer Ptolemy, fit in neatly with the Catholic Church's view of the universe, as well as with every day common sense: to the casual observer, it seemed common sense that the sun "rose" in the morning and "set" at night, in its circling pattern around the earth. As a scientific system, however, geocentricity required a complex scheme of interlocking orbits, one that became more complex and convoluted with each passing century, as Ptolemy's successors attempted to "save the phenomena," as they put it–that is, to make their system accommodate the evidence of their observations. The Ptolemaic system was a brilliant feat of geometric precision, despite being mistaken about the actual nature of the "phenomena" it attempted to describe. But in the 16th century, geocentricity fell under attack. The first to question it was Nicholas Copernicus, century, geocentricity fell under attack....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07
- Tycho Brahe