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The Sun in the Church

Cathedrals as Solar Observatories

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$34.50 • £30.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674005365

Publication Date: 04/02/2001


384 pages

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

8 color illustrations in an 8 page insert, 43 halftones, 75 geometric line illustrations, 12 digital line illustrations, 15 tables


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  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
    • Renaissance and Astronomy
    • Counter-Reformation and Cosmology
    • Wider Uses of Meridiane
  • 1. The Science of Easter
    • The Luminaries and the Calendar
    • A Scandal in the Church
  • 2. A Sosigenes and His Caesars
    • Florence
    • Bologna
    • Rome
  • 3. Bononia Docet
    • A New Oracle of Apollo
    • Astronomia Reformata
  • 4. Normal Science
    • Perfecting the Parameters
    • Repairs and Improvements
  • 5. The Pope’s Gnomon
    • Calendrical and Other Politics
    • The Meridian in Michelangelo’s Church
    • Meridiane and Meridians
  • 6. The Accommodation of Copernicus
    • Heliometry and Heliocentrism
    • Protective Measures
    • Book Banning
  • 7. The Last Cathedral Observatories
    • The Things Themselves
    • Their Results
    • Their Competitors
  • 8. Time Telling
    • Some Means of Conversion
    • The Equation of Time
    • More Light Play
  • Appendices
  • Abbreviations
  • Works Cited
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2001 Pfizer Award, History of Science Society
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, 1999

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