ERIC Number: ED178298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
A Synoptic Analysis of the Change from the Geocentric to the Heliocentric Conception of the Solar System.
Wilson, Roosevelt L.
The changes which occurred in man's view of the solar system from the time of Ptolemy to that of Galileo are presented. Contained is a brief review of the chain of events which resulted in the acceptance of a heliocentric system. Ptolomy's theory is described and a diagram illustrates the paths of the epicycle of Mars according to his geocentric model. Challenges of the theory from prominent men such as Heraclides, Aristarchus, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Tycho, and Galileo are discussed. A bibliography is included. (SA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A