The Reception of Copernicus’ Heliocentric Theory

Proceedings of a Symposium Organized by the Nicolas Copernicus Committee of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science Toruń, Poland 1973

  • Editors
  • Jerzy Dobrzycki
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. Kristian Peder Moesgaard
    Pages 31-55
  3. Barbara Bieńkowska
    Pages 79-116
  4. Kristian Peder Moesgaard
    Pages 117-151
  5. Shigeru Nakayama
    Pages 153-188
  6. John L. Russell
    Pages 189-239
  7. Juan Vernet
    Pages 271-291
  8. Jolan Zemplén
    Pages 311-356
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 357-368

About these proceedings


In 1965 the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science founded the Nicolas Copernicus Committee whose main task was to explore the means by th which different nations could co-operate in celebrating the 5 centenary of the great scholar's birth. The committee initiated the publication of a collection of studies dealing with the effect that Copernicus' theory has had on scientific developments in centres of learning all over the world. An Editorial Board, consisting of J. Dobrzycki (Warsaw), J. R. Ravetz (Leeds), H. Sandblad (Goteborg) and B. Sticker (Hamburg), was nominated. We found that our initiative aroused a lively interest among Copernicus scholars; the present volume, with 11 articles by authors from nine American, Asian and European countries, contains the result of their research. It appears in the series 'Studia Coper­ nicana' by agreement with the Polish Academy of Science, and we hope to publish a number of other contributions in a subsequent volume. We are happy to say that our efforts have been fruitful and that this volume presents not only several in-depth studies, but also a more general survey of the rules governing the evolution of science, rules set within the framework of Copernicus' theory as it developed among various nations and in various scientific institutions over the centuries. It has been shown once again that, 500 years after his birth, the work of Copernicus remains a source of scientific interest and continues to stimulate fresh study and research.


natural philosophy philosophy of science science

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8340-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7614-7
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