Copernicus and the Origin of his Heliocentric System

  title={Copernicus and the Origin of his Heliocentric System},
  author={Bernard R. Goldstein},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={219 - 235}
  • B. R. Goldstein
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
L'introduction d'un systeme heliocentrique par Copernic etait a l'epoque consideree comme revolutionnaire pour la cosmologie traditionnelle et apparait comme etant un evenement globalement marquant de l'histoire des sciences. Mais quelle etait la base de la recherche qui a abouti a l'heliocentrisme ? L'auteur explore les raisons qui ont pousse Copernic a rejeter les principes relatifs aux distances cosmiques et au systeme geocentrique dans lequel ils etaient ancres. 

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