The Astronomical Revolution
Throughout most of the sixteenth century, acceptance of Copernicanism resulted from those intangible intellectual preferences which make men choose one side or another of any important issue. There were no compelling reasons for accepting the Copernican system in 1543, and no new reasons were to be announced until 1610. Yet between 1572 and 1610 revolutionary ideas about the nature and structure of the heavens were to be enunciated, based upon astronomical observation; and Galileo’s telescopic discoveries of 1609 further worked to destroy the old, traditional astronomy.
KeywordsApparent Motion Proper Motion Solid Sphere Sole Motion Diurnal Motion
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