Solar Eclipse Observations in the Time of Copernicus: Tradition or Novelty?

  title={Solar Eclipse Observations in the Time of Copernicus: Tradition or Novelty?},
  author={Jarosław WŁodarczyk},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={351 - 364}
In Western astronomy before Tycho Brahe and Kepler, only a handful of astronomical observations were actually used to derive parameters in a theory or to test the structure of a theory. Those observations, usually quoted in scientific treatises, such as the Almagest or De revolutionibus, have been analysed by historians of astronomy who want to know how observations are to be tied to a theory. Not surprisingly, those records give us a very general picture of historical observational practice… 
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