Stargazers: Discovering the Real Astronomical Renaissance

Stargazers: Discovering the Real Astronomical Renaissance

Our modern understanding of the Universe was born between AD 1500 and 1730. The Earth rotating around the Sun; stunning discoveries with the telescope after 1610; was the Universe infinite?; were the planets inhabited?; and what were the mysterious forces which held the cosmos together? It was an age of great astronomers. Copernicus, the Polish physician, lawyer, and Churchman; the ‘Great Dane’ Tycho Brahe; Galileo, angry genius and self-publicist who went too far; Kepler, the amiable German gentleman with radical ideas yet who made friends and not enemies; Jeremiah Horrocks, Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton, and the Revd. James Bradley who finally detected the Earth’s motion in 1728.  Come prepared to hear popular myths overturned, and a radical new interpretation of the ‘Astronomical Renaissance’.

 

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About Allan Chapman

Allan Chapman is a historian of science at Oxford University with a special interest in the history of astronomy. He is the author of 13 books and over 130 journal articles, and has made several television programmes. He has been awarded honorary doctorates for his work in the history of astronomy by the University of Central Lancashire (2004) and Salford University (2010), and in 2014 received an ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ award from Lancaster University. This year he will be presented with the Jackson-Gwilt Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society – the first time it has been awarded to a historian. His latest book is Stargazers – Copernicus, Galileo, the Telescope, and the Church: The Astronomical Renaissance, 1500–1700, published by Lion Hudson in October 2014.