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Juan Vernet

Astrology and Astronomy in the Renaissance

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Acantilado

Non fiction

January 2000

176 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Astrología y astronomía en el Renacimiento

During the Renaissance, when astronomy and astrology attempted to provide a coherent explanation of the universe, Copernicus (one of the greatest scientists in the history of humankind) proved himself capable of taking things to their logical conclusion. The observations made by the most important astronomers of Antiquity and of the Middle Ages, together with those he made himself, convinced him that the sun was located at the centre of our planetary system. Whilst that was a fact that had previously been discerned by various amongst his precursors, he had the courage to proclaim it in public. In this book, which was first published in 1974, Professor Vernet analyses the major work achieved by Copernicus, in addition to which he stresses the influence that he had well into the 18th century. The result is a book that is bound to be of interest, not just to specialists in the history of science, but to general readers, too, thanks to its author’s well-known clarity and the attractiveness of his writings. Professor Vernet had previously achieved great success with the reappearance of his book What Europe Owes to the Islam of Spain, also published by Acantilado.

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The great merit of Astrology and Astronomy in the Renaissance lies in the fact that it offers an excellent, indeed unique, synthesis in Spanish of what unites the Arab-Islamic cosmological tradition with the findings of Copernicus».
Miquel Forcada, La Vanguardia

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Acantilado

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1 pages

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