Copernicus: On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres

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Copernicus, Nicholaus: "On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres." In De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (NC's Latin title). Nuremberg, 1543. Significantly reprinted Lapham's Quarterly 7.2 (Spring 2014), "Revolutions" issue, pp. -130132.[1]

The reprint in Lapham's allows the revolutionary character of this modestly-presented scientific hypothesis of the Earth's "revolution" around the sun, a revolutionary character in the same generic set as the French Revolution.

Significant here for the casual mechanical image of the world in a passage like this.

[...] I began to be annoyed that the philosophers who in other respects had made a very careful scrutiny of the least details of the world had discover no sure scheme for the movements of the machinery of the world, which has been built for us by the Best and Most Orderly Workman 0f all. (Lapham's p. 131)

RDE, finishing, 18Dec21