Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
  1. $18.90 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Quick

    Lauren Owen 9780812993271

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
List price: $25.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Astronomy- General

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

by

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos Cover

ISBN13: 9780802717931
ISBN10: 0802717934
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $9.95!

 

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Michael Barton, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Barton)
Popular history-of-science writer Dava Sobel tells the story of how, in the middle of the 16th century, a young mathematician named Rheticus traveled to Poland and convinced an aging Nicolaus Copernicus to publish his controversial theory that the earth, like all other planets, orbited the sun. Since there is no historical record of what happened during the visit beyond later recollections, the “how” is given to the reader as a fictionalized play, And the Sun Stood Still. This drama is flanked on both sides by six chapters that provide background information on the lives of Copernicus and Rheticus and place this event in the history of astronomy and its religious and political context.

While there is nothing new to learn about Copernicus, Sobel’s narrative in the first section of the book is engaging. The play is interesting, but comes across as a history-of-science soap opera full of flat characters. The third part seems too quick an overview of Tycho, Kepler, and Galileo. Overall, A More Perfect Heaven is a suitable introduction for one not familiar with Copernicus, but for those already versed in the history of astronomy, Sobel’s book would not suffice as required reading.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
mauserati, January 8, 2012 (view all comments by mauserati)
(Facts + Conjecture)Honesty = Art
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802717931
Subtitle:
How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
Author:
Sobel, Dava
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
How Copernicus Revol
Publication Date:
20110927
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. Wildwood
    Used Hardcover $11.95
  2. Gotham: A History of New York City... Used Hardcover $19.95
  3. Knocking on Heaven's Door: How...
    Used Hardcover $8.50
  4. Reamde
    Sale Hardcover $7.98
  5. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the... Used Trade Paper $8.50
  6. The Rise of American Democracy:... Sale Trade Paper $7.98

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Science
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Astronomy » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Walker & Company - English 9780802717931 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sobel, author of the bestselling Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, brings something different to the bulging Copernicus canon. She wants to know why Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 — 1543) waited till shortly before his death to publish the universe-expanding ideas that he had previously only quietly circulated among other scientists. Her conclusion: in the midst of Martin Luther's challenge to the Catholic Church, Copernicus, himself a Church canon, feared the Church's response to his radical notion that Earth revolved around the Sun. His thesis, of course, altered nothing less than the our view of our place in the cosmos. Daringly, Sobel embeds within a factual narrative a two-act play in which she imagines the relationship between the aging Copernicus and a young mathematician (and Lutheran) named Georg Joachim Rheticus, who Sobel says 'convinced' the great astronomer 'to publish his crazy idea.' Delivered with her usual stylistic grace (and here, a touch of astrological whimsy), Sobel's gamble largely succeeds in bringing Copernicus and his intellectually and religiously tumultuous time alive. B&w illus., maps. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This is a gem of a book."
"Review" by , "As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science...A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and
"Review" by , "No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel's Longitude...Intricate and elegant."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.