Science Rather Than God: Riccioli's Review of the Case for and against the Copernican Hypothesis

  title={Science Rather Than God: Riccioli's Review of the Case for and against the Copernican Hypothesis},
  author={Christopher M. Graney},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={215 - 225}
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  • Published 1 May 2012
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... [he was] an enemy to the Copernican system, and has the discredit of having measured the evidence for and against that system, not by the weight but by the number of the arguments.... '. . . Riccioli put forward a series of arguments in contradiction of the Earth's movement . . . marvellously absurd. "Would the birds . . . dare to rise in the air if they saw the earth passing away from beneath them?" From such a specimen we may judge of the rest of the egregious structure. . .. 2… 

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