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Narratio prima or First Account of the Books On the Revolution by Nicolaus Copernicus – PDF

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The first Polish critical edition of Georg Joachim Rheticus’ Narratio Prima (First Account), the treatise on heliocentric astronomy, written in Frauenburg (Frombork), where Rheticus spent two years with Copernicus, and published in Danzig (Gdańsk)... czytaj więcej

Narratio prima or First Account of the Books On the Revolution by Nicolaus Copernicus – PDF

Georg Joachim Rheticus
Place and year of publication: Warszawa 2015
Open access
Edition:
1
Place and year of publication:
Warszawa 2015
Publication language:
angielski
,
łaciński
Introduction:
Włodarczyk Jarosław
ISBN/ISSN:
978-83-235-1979-9
EAN:
9788323519799
Number of page:
216
Size of the file:
14,6 MB
Publication type:
Praca naukowa
,
Open access
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.31338/uw.9788323519799
The First Account of Copernicus’ On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

The first Polish critical edition of Georg Joachim Rheticus’ Narratio Prima (First Account), the treatise on heliocentric astronomy, written in Frauenburg (Frombork), where Rheticus spent two years with Copernicus, and published in Danzig (Gdańsk), in 1540. Georg Joachim Rheticus is known in the history of science as the only disciple of Copernicus and the man, who played a vital part in publishing Copernicus’ revolutionary work De revolutionibus, which was to become the foundation for modern science.

In 1540 the world first heard about the heliocentric theory of Nicolaus Copernicus. Paradoxically enough, this revolution in astronomy was announced not by Copernicus himself but by Georg Joachim Rheticus, a young Lutheran mathematician of Wittenberg, who published the First Account of the Books “On the Revolutions” by Nicolaus Copernicus. His book preceded the publication of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus by three years and became one of the most fascinating texts documenting the life and work of the great Polish astronomer. Rheticus wrote the Narratio prima in Lubawa where he stayed with Copernicus.

The publication is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Poland license (CC BY 3.0 PL) (full license available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/pl/legalcode).

Keywords: history of astronomy, Copernicus, heliocentric system, Sun, permanent stars, Rheticus.

Jarosław Włodarczyk – is Professor at the Institute of the History of Science at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. He specializes in the history of astronomy and the relations of science and culture in various epochs. He is editor-in-chief of Studia Copernicana.

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