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The Sun in the Church Cathedrals as Solar ObservatoriesTesting the limits of attainable accuracy undertaken with rudimentary means and extraordinary zeal Sun in the PDF #9734 Above all the book illuminates the niches protected and financed by the Catholic Church in which science and mathematics thrivedSuperbly written The Sun in the Church provides a magnificent corrective to long standing oversimplified accounts of the hostility between science and religion. A wonderful history of how churches with their large and dark interiors were used as solar observatories to fix the date of Easter and accidentally remove the Earth from the center of the universe In addition to being a fascinating history it shows a good example of unintended conseuences

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The Sun in the The Sun PDFEPUBChurch tells how these observatories came to be how they worked and what they accomplished It describes Galileo's political overreaching his subseuent trial for heresy and his slow and steady rehabilitation in the eyes of the Catholic Church And it offers an enlightening perspective on astronomy Church history and religious architecture as well as an analysis of measurements. This was the first book I read on Archeo astronomy and I have love the subject ever since Specifically it deals with how the Catholic Church knew when to celebrate Easter Figuring out when Easter is complicated than you would think It is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal euinox So the church built “sun lines” in the cathedral and watch the sun shine on each day These are sort of like the Rose Line in the DaVinci Code but they served a different purpose When it neared the euinox they new it was time to start Easter preparations The lines are really beautiful and it is really interesting the way they figured everything out I would recommend this book to anyone who likes archeology or astronomy

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Free download The Sun in the Church Cathedrals as Solar Observatories 107 ↠ ➽ The Sun in the Church Cathedrals as Solar Observatories Download ➺ Author J.L. Heilbron – Between 1650 and 1750 four Catholic churches were the best solar observatories in the world Built to fix an unueBetween and four Catholic in the Epub #218 churches were the best solar observatories in the world Built to fix an unuestionable date for Easter they also housed instruments that threw light on the disputed geometry of the solar system and so within sight of the altar subverted Church doctrine about the order of the universeA tale of politically canny astronomers and cardinals with a taste for mathematics. This one has sat on the shelf for a while published in 1999 at Harvard an earlier me thought it was worth the readbut ultimately languished on that shelf for 20 years I'll hesitate to say I regret not having read it sooner this is a great book for the right audienceIn its innocuous binding one might anticipate a lighter work around the incorporation of sunlight into cathedrals In fact reader you will find yourself in a wonderful journey through the pivotal contentious relationship between the Catholic church and science in the six centuries from the Dark Ages through to the EnlightenmentAstronomy in Europe had largely been in stasis since the period of Ptolemy and his Greek brethren pre dating the Romans When interest was rekindled principally to accurately calculate Easter the church responded with a vengeance Scientists were brought to bear on the uestion Copernicus Galileo Cassini and mathematicians to reduce the dataAll of this you will discover for yourself if you read the bookWhere the book really shines is that it pulls no punches with respect to terminology science or the math Readable prose is intermixed with the math and extensive diagrams explaining how European churches constructed in the era were used to tell time It is definitively not an easy read many of the 'characters' are unfamiliar to newcomers of the period The author also assumes a fairly scientific reader Mont that you can't get a lot out of the book without a working knowledge of astronomical math architectural and Catholic religious terms prep yourself for a fair amount of time researching as you goAnd where the book falls short is really through no fault of its own It is an academic press work it's a bit dry fairly mathematical But overall readable for any reader interested in the relationship between Catolicism and science architecture and astronomy even just the accounting of time