Revised edition re-creates the change from an earth- to a sun-centered conception of the solar system by focusing on an examination of the evidence available in 1615.
A scientific, historical and philosophical examination of the evolution of astronomical theory towards heliocentricity. Beginning with an introductory chapter on the motion of bodies in space, Crowe (liberal studies, U. of Notre Dame) proceeds to a discussion of Greek astronomy before Ptolemy; the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic systems; and the contributions of Kepler and Galileo. Written for a general audience; assumes a high-school mathematical skill-level. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)